Candle Light 2020, text record : “When I die tomorrow”
“When I die tomorrow When I die tomorrow
Do not use my name as a slogan for queer trauma
Do no use my face for your poster perfect branding of human suffering
Do not seek sympathy From our oppressors
Do not speak their language
Do not surrender our power
To their unforgivable morals.
My pain has lived within me
For more than a decade It has become a part of me
Since my youngest years
It was there before my queerness surfaced
And my queerness has embraced it fully With its ugly And its pretty.
So no I am not one more being whose face was blazed by the fire of their hatred And I am not a martyr
For I was freedom Incarnated When I was queer
My eyes have stared through the identities that I am And admired each and everyone of them.
In life, I am strength I am continuance In death,
I am strength I am continuance. I am queer.”
by Khawla Bouaziz