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

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

The World is my Room

Basman Derawi | 28-03-2019

 

Drone in gray sky

The world is my room;
it is the place I know the best,
the only place I can
speak up and scream,
the only place I feel
somehow safe

A drone is living
over my head
and I can't get
the sound of oppression
out of my ears.
I close my eyes
and deeply breathe,
trying to purge the fear
from my mind,
the prickles from my skin.

I draw a peaceful sky
on my ceiling,
with tranquil planets,
sun and moon:
A night with no scary thoughts,

With no scary thoughts or bombs,
their “sticks and stones”—
the language of oppression.

Posted: March 28, 2019


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