IF ONLY I COULD SPEAK;

If only I could speak I would tell you that I'm crying but I can't seem to wipe my tears. I'm bleeding but I can't stop the blood from flowing into the ground. I'm hurt but nobody knows how to fix my heart.

If only I could speak I would tell you that I cry every time a fighter takes their last breath, I bleed every time a bomb is dropped on the land that represents me. I hurt when the world turns it back on me and the people that protect me. 

I am crying but nobody seems to care, I bleed and now the rivers are red, I hurt because people try to divide my heart into four. I'm weak. 

If only I could speak I would tell you that I have nurtured strong fighters who use my mountains for protection. That I have nurtured the people of my land who represent the light that is shined on them every day. That I have nurtured the trees, flowers, and fields of food to grow from the blood that won't stop flowing. 

I have sacrificed my land which was intended for peace, freedom, and independence. I have sacrificed my mountains to protect and fight those who consider the people of my land enemies. If only I could speak I would tell you that I fight so the people in my land can have a celebration of independence, to know what freedom is and to live in peace. 

You see I will continue to cry while the world cheers, I will continue to bleed while the world watches, and I will continue to hurt while the world tries to divide my heart into four. I will fight back while the world sees me cry. I will be strong while the world wants me to die and I will unite while the world wants me to divide. 

Because I am Kurdistan. I am the land that protects the people who live with me. I am the mountains that protect the villages and roads that move within me. I am the sun that shines it's 21 rays on the land that was born from resistance and that fought oppression. 

If only I could speak I would tell you that I am Kurdistan and nobody can deny that.

- Alê 

(If only I could speak is a piece written with the perspective of if only Kurdistan could speak what would it tell the world?)   


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