Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Naughty Donkey

Basman Derawi | 04-03-2019

 

Lying on my bed,
I close my eyes and imagine
flying a spaceship,
looking for a planet
where I can be free
from work and bills,
yet still have money
and justice is no fairy tale.
Ilhan is welcome there.
Bebe is not.

Here on my planet,
my jailers want me
to be a good donkey,
following their farm rules
as if I were a beast.

But I am a naughty donkey.
I ask questions and kick back.
They punish me with fire sticks
and razor-wire fences,
while screaming, "Be good!"
Yet I am naughty—
and I like it.

Ilhan Omar is one of the two sole Muslim women in the U.S. Congress. A Somali immigrant, she has bravely stood up for Palestinians, and is being attacked for it. I thank her from the bottom of my heart. 

Posted: March 3, 2019

Mentor: Kevin Hadduck


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