Home by Warsan Shire

Love in the Time of Colorado

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Try reading this poem out loud without your voice breaking.

Home

by Warsan Shire

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well–

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be…

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8 responses to “Home by Warsan Shire”

  1. davekingsbury says :

    Important to remember at a time when so many are on the move and so few find it in their hearts to be sympathetic …

  2. Carol A. More says :

    Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  3. kestrelart says :

    What can I say? This is so moving. And a call to be more than we are.

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