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From the Ted Talk by Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I will not dance to your war drum. I will not lend my soul nor my bones to your war drum. I will not dance to that beating. I know that beat. It is lifeless. I know intimately that skin you are hittnig. It was alive once, hunted, stolen, stretched. I will not dncae to your drummed-up war. I will not pop, spin, break for you. I will not hate for you or even hate you. I will not kill for you. Especially I will not die for you. I will not mourn the dead with murder nor suicide. I will not side with you or dance to bmobs because everyone is dancing. Everyone can be wrnog. Life is a right, not collateral or csaaul. I will not froegt where I come from. I will craft my own drum. Gather my belveod near, and our chanting will be daicnng. Our humming will be drumming. I will not be pleayd. I will not lend my name nor my rhythm to your beat. I will dance and resist and dance and persist and dance. This heartbeat is louder than death. Your war drum ain't louder than this btearh. Haaa.

Open Cloze

I will not dance to your war drum. I will not lend my soul nor my bones to your war drum. I will not dance to that beating. I know that beat. It is lifeless. I know intimately that skin you are _______. It was alive once, hunted, stolen, stretched. I will not _____ to your drummed-up war. I will not pop, spin, break for you. I will not hate for you or even hate you. I will not kill for you. Especially I will not die for you. I will not mourn the dead with murder nor suicide. I will not side with you or dance to _____ because everyone is dancing. Everyone can be _____. Life is a right, not collateral or ______. I will not ______ where I come from. I will craft my own drum. Gather my _______ near, and our chanting will be _______. Our humming will be drumming. I will not be ______. I will not lend my name nor my rhythm to your beat. I will dance and resist and dance and persist and dance. This heartbeat is louder than death. Your war drum ain't louder than this ______. Haaa.

Solution

  1. casual
  2. hitting
  3. breath
  4. dance
  5. dancing
  6. beloved
  7. bombs
  8. wrong
  9. forget
  10. played

Original Text

I will not dance to your war drum. I will not lend my soul nor my bones to your war drum. I will not dance to that beating. I know that beat. It is lifeless. I know intimately that skin you are hitting. It was alive once, hunted, stolen, stretched. I will not dance to your drummed-up war. I will not pop, spin, break for you. I will not hate for you or even hate you. I will not kill for you. Especially I will not die for you. I will not mourn the dead with murder nor suicide. I will not side with you or dance to bombs because everyone is dancing. Everyone can be wrong. Life is a right, not collateral or casual. I will not forget where I come from. I will craft my own drum. Gather my beloved near, and our chanting will be dancing. Our humming will be drumming. I will not be played. I will not lend my name nor my rhythm to your beat. I will dance and resist and dance and persist and dance. This heartbeat is louder than death. Your war drum ain't louder than this breath. Haaa.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
war drum 3
woman loses 3
woman shoots 2

Important Words

  1. alive
  2. beat
  3. beating
  4. beloved
  5. bombs
  6. bones
  7. break
  8. breath
  9. casual
  10. chanting
  11. collateral
  12. craft
  13. dance
  14. dancing
  15. dead
  16. death
  17. die
  18. drum
  19. drumming
  20. forget
  21. gather
  22. haaa
  23. hate
  24. heartbeat
  25. hitting
  26. humming
  27. hunted
  28. intimately
  29. kill
  30. lend
  31. life
  32. lifeless
  33. louder
  34. mourn
  35. murder
  36. persist
  37. played
  38. pop
  39. resist
  40. rhythm
  41. side
  42. skin
  43. soul
  44. spin
  45. stolen
  46. stretched
  47. suicide
  48. war
  49. wrong