Breathe. I remind myself to breathe.
Breathe is what I remind myself to do
To keep myself calm against your ideas of what you think I am
But I am not.
Project onto me whatever you think an Arab woman is
A Palestinian is
A refugee is.
Born a refugee. Still a refugee.
From one exile to the next
You think I’m lost. You think I’m ignorant.
You think I’m emotional. You think I lack intellect.
You mistake my beautiful resilience for stubbornness
You mistake my strength for brokenness
That I am at loss with who and what I am.