I am Still Singing

By Basman Derawi

I stand at my window.
The weather is cold
But I still stand,
Watching the empty streets
Running from the death demons
Whispering in my ears.

I am singing to god,
“Walk me home in the dead of
Night. I can’t be alone with all that’s
In my mind. Say you’ll stay with me
Tonight, cause there’s so much wrong
Going on outside.”

I stop counting,
But the news pop in my face,
The rate of positive cases rapidly increase,
The number of people died,
Yet the time walks slowly over my skin
Like a turtle walks on an old muddy road.

I still singing,
Try to keep my own voice in my ears,
Yet I hear the crying of the empty streets
the whispers of death demons getting louder,
“We are coming to eat you”
I am still standing,
Singing to god,
Singing louder and louder
To keep my own voice in my ears.

Basman Derawi is Palestinian poet and writer. He lives in Gaza. He is a physiotherapist for the Ministry of Health in Gaza. He also writes for  https://wearenotnumbers.org/  and as a columnist for https://vivamost.com/

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Cheryl Mann
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Cheryl Mann
29 days ago

Love this!

Basman Derawi
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Basman Derawi
28 days ago
Reply to  Cheryl Mann

Thank you, Cheryl! I appreciate it.

Miriam Ben-Yoseph
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Miriam Ben-Yoseph
30 days ago

Loved your poem, Basman. Please keep singing and stay safe, Miriam Ben-Yoseph

Basman Derawi
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Basman Derawi
29 days ago

Thank you, Miriam! I loved your poem too.

Chris Palmer
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Chris Palmer
30 days ago

I like this Basman. Some lines I wish I’d written!

Basman Derawi
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Basman Derawi
30 days ago
Reply to  Chris Palmer

Thank you!

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