“’I DON'T KNOW’, I ANSWERED”

“I don’t know,” I answered
perhaps it’s a meal of free food
that the strongest person eats the best of
a biography written on a wall that’s crumbling down
or a cold glass of the juice
of forgetting
then I repeated what I said, looked at the door,
and walked toward it
then I came back
“I don’t know,” I said
maybe it’s a love that lasts across time
a journey between nothingness and the unknown
a melody called silence
“I don’t know,” I screamed in the mirror’s face
perhaps all we know is that we know nothing about it
I wasn’t wine
so I won’t be more delicious when I’ve aged
I wasn’t a reed
I have no gold tooth to show when I’m laughing
I don’t want a boring eternity
or a will I write out, put in a bottle, and throw into the sea
do I look old?
Me, my image, and the question:
“What is age?”

Ramy Al-Asheq
 

RAMY AL-ASHEQ (*1989) is a Syrian-Palestinian poet, writer and journalist. As an activist in the peaceful revolution in Syria, he was arrested and forced to flee to Jordan in 2011. Three years later, he came to Germany on a grant from the Heinrich Böll House.
In 2014, he published his first poetry collection “Walking on Dreams”, followed by “Since I Didn´t Die” two years later and “In My Travel Outfit” in 2017. His most recent collection “Nobody Noticed When You Died” was published in August 2018.
In 2015, he received a prize for young authors from the A M Qattan Foundation in Ramallah,
Palestine. In 2018, he was awarded a Fellowship by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. In the same year, he also won two literature residencies at Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and at Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop. In his work as a journalist, he founded ABWAB, the first Arabic newspaper in Germany, and the Arabic-German culture magazine FANN which he currently heads as editor in chief. He also works as a curator for the festival Arabisch-deutsche Literaturtage and the Literaturhaus in Berlin.
Al-Asheq wrote poems in response to the GREY IS THE NEW PINK exhibition content, objects and artwork.

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