This New Year…Berxwedan Jiyane

This New Year

To lean over this American table

and drink to solidarity with Manbij

one’s glass should be empty like the promises

of the American State, one’s American eyes should be closed

like the American doors closed on calls to keep our word.

Turn the glass over and set its rim against the pine,

Whisper what others have earned to proclaim aloud:

Berxwedan Jiyane….There is nothing on this side of the door to look to, remember instead the many faces

of the resistance, the photos slipped across the threshold

and dream of greatness that isn’t just a filthy slogan

on a red hat or a blue nostalgia to return

to sleep with an empty glass at an empty table

as the strange syllables of a real resistance

form quietly on your human tongue.

Peleg Held – can be contacted via

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