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New Year's resolutions

Basman Derawi | 02-01-2020

My first trip abroad (here, Zurich, Switzerland) for the WANN book tour

Every December,
I tell myself
I won't be scared 
of the new year.
I don't want to be
scared to lose.
I don't want to be
scared to fail... 
or to succeed.
I don't want to be
scared to laugh,
to be happy--
for fear it will all be taken away.
I don't want to be
scared of thunder, 
mistaking it for bombing.
This year, I mean it.
2019 taught me 
not to be scared to dream.
I learned you can fly
over obstacles--even to Europe,
a dream I thought was impossible.
This year, my brain is full of lists, 
resolutions and questions--as usual. 
But now I am a bit less scared, 
a bit more courageous. 
And that little bit of courage
is like a gale-force wind.

Posted: January 2, 2020


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