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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

All holy history banned. Unwritten books predicted the future, pejrocted the past. But my head unwraps around what aearpps lliesitms, man's creative violence. Whose son shall it be? Which male child will perish a new day? Our boys' deaths gaazlnvie. We cherish corpses. We mourn women, cctoplmaeid. Bitches get beat daily. Profits made, poetprhs ignored. War and ttooh, enameled salted lmeon childhoods. All colors run, none of us solid. Don't look for shadow behind me. I carry it within. I live cycles of light and dnarseks. Rhythm is half silence. I see now, I never was one and not the other. Sickness, health, tender vieoclne. I think now I never was pure. Before form I was storm, blind, ign'ant — still am. Human contracted itself blind, malignant. I never was pure. Girl spoiled before ripened. Language can't math me. I experience exponentially. Everything is everything. One woman loses 15, maybe 20, members of her family. One woman loses six. One woman loses her head. One woman searches rubble. One woman feeds on trash. One woman shoots her face. One woman shoots her husband. One woman straps herself. One woman gives birth to a baby. One woman gives brith to borders. One woman no longer believes love will ever find her. One woman never did. Where do refugee hearts go? Broken, dissed, placed where they're not from, don't want to be miessd. Faced with acsnbee. We muorn each one or we mean nothing at all. My spine crvues spiral. prpccieie running to and running from human beings. Cluster bombs left behind. De facto lmidaenns. A smoldering grief. Harvest contaminated tobacco. Harvest bombs. Harvest baby teeth. hravest palms, smoke. Harvest witness, smoke. Resolutions, smoke. silvoatan, smoke. Redemption, skome. Breathe. Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.

Open Cloze

All holy history banned. Unwritten books predicted the future, _________ the past. But my head unwraps around what _______ _________, man's creative violence. Whose son shall it be? Which male child will perish a new day? Our boys' deaths _________. We cherish corpses. We mourn women, ___________. Bitches get beat daily. Profits made, ________ ignored. War and _____, enameled salted _____ childhoods. All colors run, none of us solid. Don't look for shadow behind me. I carry it within. I live cycles of light and ________. Rhythm is half silence. I see now, I never was one and not the other. Sickness, health, tender ________. I think now I never was pure. Before form I was storm, blind, ign'ant — still am. Human contracted itself blind, malignant. I never was pure. Girl spoiled before ripened. Language can't math me. I experience exponentially. Everything is everything. One woman loses 15, maybe 20, members of her family. One woman loses six. One woman loses her head. One woman searches rubble. One woman feeds on trash. One woman shoots her face. One woman shoots her husband. One woman straps herself. One woman gives birth to a baby. One woman gives _____ to borders. One woman no longer believes love will ever find her. One woman never did. Where do refugee hearts go? Broken, dissed, placed where they're not from, don't want to be ______. Faced with _______. We _____ each one or we mean nothing at all. My spine ______ spiral. _________ running to and running from human beings. Cluster bombs left behind. De facto _________. A smoldering grief. Harvest contaminated tobacco. Harvest bombs. Harvest baby teeth. _______ palms, smoke. Harvest witness, smoke. Resolutions, smoke. _________, smoke. Redemption, _____. Breathe. Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.

Solution

  1. smoke
  2. limitless
  3. lemon
  4. missed
  5. landmines
  6. violence
  7. projected
  8. curves
  9. precipice
  10. prophets
  11. absence
  12. galvanize
  13. mourn
  14. birth
  15. harvest
  16. complicated
  17. tooth
  18. salvation
  19. appears
  20. darkness

Original Text

All holy history banned. Unwritten books predicted the future, projected the past. But my head unwraps around what appears limitless, man's creative violence. Whose son shall it be? Which male child will perish a new day? Our boys' deaths galvanize. We cherish corpses. We mourn women, complicated. Bitches get beat daily. Profits made, prophets ignored. War and tooth, enameled salted lemon childhoods. All colors run, none of us solid. Don't look for shadow behind me. I carry it within. I live cycles of light and darkness. Rhythm is half silence. I see now, I never was one and not the other. Sickness, health, tender violence. I think now I never was pure. Before form I was storm, blind, ign'ant — still am. Human contracted itself blind, malignant. I never was pure. Girl spoiled before ripened. Language can't math me. I experience exponentially. Everything is everything. One woman loses 15, maybe 20, members of her family. One woman loses six. One woman loses her head. One woman searches rubble. One woman feeds on trash. One woman shoots her face. One woman shoots her husband. One woman straps herself. One woman gives birth to a baby. One woman gives birth to borders. One woman no longer believes love will ever find her. One woman never did. Where do refugee hearts go? Broken, dissed, placed where they're not from, don't want to be missed. Faced with absence. We mourn each one or we mean nothing at all. My spine curves spiral. Precipice running to and running from human beings. Cluster bombs left behind. De facto landmines. A smoldering grief. Harvest contaminated tobacco. Harvest bombs. Harvest baby teeth. Harvest palms, smoke. Harvest witness, smoke. Resolutions, smoke. Salvation, smoke. Redemption, smoke. Breathe. Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.

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Important Words

  1. absence
  2. appears
  3. baby
  4. banned
  5. beat
  6. beings
  7. believes
  8. birth
  9. bitches
  10. blind
  11. blown
  12. bombs
  13. books
  14. borders
  15. breathe
  16. broken
  17. carry
  18. cherish
  19. child
  20. childhoods
  21. cluster
  22. colors
  23. complicated
  24. contaminated
  25. contracted
  26. corpses
  27. creative
  28. curves
  29. cycles
  30. daily
  31. darkness
  32. day
  33. de
  34. deaths
  35. dissed
  36. enameled
  37. experience
  38. exponentially
  39. face
  40. faced
  41. facto
  42. family
  43. fear
  44. feeds
  45. find
  46. form
  47. future
  48. galvanize
  49. girl
  50. grief
  51. harvest
  52. head
  53. health
  54. hearts
  55. history
  56. holy
  57. human
  58. husband
  59. landmines
  60. language
  61. left
  62. lemon
  63. light
  64. limitless
  65. live
  66. longer
  67. loses
  68. love
  69. male
  70. malignant
  71. math
  72. members
  73. missed
  74. mourn
  75. palms
  76. perish
  77. precipice
  78. predicted
  79. profits
  80. projected
  81. prophets
  82. pure
  83. redemption
  84. refugee
  85. resolutions
  86. rhythm
  87. ripened
  88. rubble
  89. run
  90. running
  91. salted
  92. salvation
  93. searches
  94. shadow
  95. shoots
  96. sickness
  97. silence
  98. smoke
  99. smoldering
  100. solid
  101. son
  102. spine
  103. spiral
  104. spoiled
  105. storm
  106. straps
  107. teeth
  108. tender
  109. tobacco
  110. tooth
  111. trash
  112. unexploded
  113. unwraps
  114. unwritten
  115. violence
  116. war
  117. witness
  118. woman
  119. women