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Playlist Poem: Nadine Aisha Jassat

A Playlist Poem by Nadine Aisha Jassat for Book Week Scotland 2021

I wanted to write a playlist poem for those who aren't there yet with Celebration – those who feel alone when others are celebrating, or for whom celebration feels far away. My poem, 'Hope', I wrote as a message to that part of myself, too - a wee conversation between my heart and myself, reminding myself of hope and my own resilience. I'm especially pleased I was able to include songs which make me feel hopeful, too (not all of them - sorry, Hamilton!) but 'Hope', 'Alright', 'Fly Again', and truly anything by Rachel Sermanni.

Hope

My heart tells me: listen.

You can't stop the beat.

Can't stop the lakes.

My love,

Put me in the river.

Hold tight, alright.

Hold tight.

The water is wide.

The water,

in to you:

Ports

Heartbeats

Gold.

Love, be brave.

You know who you are.

You know.

If I swim good,

stay alive,

I will survive.

Breathe easy,

My dearest darling.

When it's time:

Fly

again.

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