One day, we were Palestinians living in Palestine. The next day,we were Palestinians driven from a land called Israel.Bashir, from Journey to Jerusalem by Grace Halsell
the night I turned thirteen
I couldn't sleep because
even after the bombs drop
the roaches survive
Yvonne M. Johnson graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in English and Computer Science. As an undergraduate, she was inducted as an Affrilachian Poet, served as president of her university's creative writing club, and was managing poetry and German language editor of the undergraduate literary journal. She also holds a master's degree in cyber security from Lancaster University in England, which she completed on a Fulbright scholarship. Her poetry collection is I Am Woman (Accents Publishing, 2022). When she is not writing, she can be found riding horses, training her Labrador to find missing people, and legally hacking into her customers' computer systems. The three poems published here were inspired by her time volunteering in a refugee camp in Germany.