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  • "What I Will"

  • I will not dance to your war drum.

  • I will not lend my soul nor my bones to your war drum.

  • I will not dance to that beating.

  • I know that beat.

  • It is lifeless.

  • I know intimately that skin you are hitting.

  • It was alive once,

  • hunted, stolen,

  • stretched.

  • I will not dance to your drummed-up war.

  • I will not pop, spin, break for you.

  • I will not hate for you

  • or even hate you.

  • I will not kill for you.

  • Especially I will not die for you.

  • I will not mourn the dead with murder nor suicide.

  • I will not side with you or dance to bombs

  • because everyone is dancing.

  • Everyone can be wrong.

  • Life is a right, not collateral or casual.

  • I will not forget where I come from.

  • I will craft my own drum.

  • Gather my beloved near,

  • and our chanting will be dancing.

  • Our humming will be drumming.

  • I will not be played.

  • I will not lend my name nor my rhythm to your beat.

  • I will dance and resist and dance and persist and dance.

  • This heartbeat is louder than death.

  • Your war drum ain't louder

  • than this breath. Haaa.

  • What's up TED people? Let me hear you make some noise.

  • (Applause)

  • A bunch of pacifists.

  • Confused, aspiring pacifists.

  • I understand.

  • I've been wrong a lot lately.

  • Like a lot.

  • So I couldn't figure out

  • what to read today.

  • I mean, I've been saying I've been prepping.

  • What that means is prepping my outfit,

  • (Laughter)

  • prepping options,

  • trying to figure out what I'm coming behind

  • and going in front of.

  • Poetry does that.

  • It preps you. It aims you.

  • So I am going to read a poem

  • that was chosen just now.

  • But I'm going to need you

  • to just sit for like 10 minutes

  • and hold a woman who is not here.

  • Hold her now

  • with you.

  • You don't need to say her name out loud, you can just hold her.

  • Are you holding her?

  • This is "Break Clustered."

  • All holy history banned.

  • Unwritten books predicted the future, projected the past.

  • But my head unwraps

  • around what appears limitless,

  • man's creative violence.

  • Whose son shall it be?

  • Which male child will perish a new day?

  • Our boys' deaths galvanize.

  • We cherish corpses.

  • We mourn women, complicated.

  • Bitches get beat daily.

  • Profits made, prophets ignored.

  • War and tooth, enameled salted lemon childhoods.

  • All colors run, none of us solid.

  • Don't look for shadow behind me. I carry it within.

  • I live cycles of light and darkness.

  • Rhythm is half silence.

  • I see now, I never was one and not the other.

  • Sickness, health, tender violence.

  • I think now I never was pure.

  • Before form I was storm,

  • blind, ign'ant -- still am.

  • Human contracted itself blind, malignant.

  • I never was pure.

  • Girl spoiled before ripened.

  • Language can't math me.

  • I experience exponentially.

  • Everything is everything.

  • One woman loses 15, maybe 20, members of her family.

  • One woman loses six.

  • One woman loses her head.

  • One woman searches rubble. One woman feeds on trash.

  • One woman shoots her face. One woman shoots her husband.

  • One woman straps herself.

  • One woman gives birth to a baby.

  • One woman gives birth to borders.

  • One woman no longer believes love will ever find her.

  • One woman never did.

  • Where do refugee hearts go?

  • Broken, dissed,

  • placed where they're not from, don't want to be missed.

  • Faced with absence.

  • We mourn each one

  • or we mean nothing at all.

  • My spine curves spiral.

  • Precipice running to and running from human beings.

  • Cluster bombs left behind.

  • De facto landmines.

  • A smoldering grief.

  • Harvest contaminated tobacco.

  • Harvest bombs.

  • Harvest baby teeth.

  • Harvest palms, smoke.

  • Harvest witness, smoke.

  • Resolutions, smoke.

  • Salvation, smoke.

  • Redemption, smoke.

  • Breathe.

  • Do not fear

  • what has blown up.

  • If you must,

  • fear the unexploded.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

"What I Will"

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