To the Defenders,

I will not name the best authors from Africa, my favorite singer from Syria, or enumerate the languages my friends from Haiti speak.

I won’t read about your future son the engineer, your daughter the doctor, how high the grades are and how they are admired by all.

The memories you have swallowed, the roughness of your hands at some tiring labor, your clean record cannot be the reasoning.

I won’t count the PhD’s in Nigeria, Kenya or Syria.

The articles on VOX, Buzzfeed, twitter feed: economic analysis, levels of wealth, volumes of accomplishments are clicked off, not clicked. …


Elmaz Abinader

writing, performing, teaching

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