Poem 2 In Solidarity: Ritimli Taksim

by Sophia Pandeya

Pakistan, U.S.A.

Ritimli Taksim
(Rhythmic Improvisation)

Once again
self-titled gate-keepers
are pulling your heart out by
the roots and telling you its just
a shapeshifting
emblem

Two can play at that, or how
about many? As many
as it takes

The Romani
who play for small miracles
of change, the vendors
of blue eyes, free

Vinegar and Guy Fawkes
gas masks, from Tahrir to
Tiananmen everywhere
is Taksim, resistance
is everywhere.

Original Poem for Solidarity Park Poetry by Sophia Pandeya.

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