“what they did yesterday afternoon” by Warsan Shire

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who used to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

 
i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

 
later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?
 

it answered
everywhere
everywhere
everywhere.

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“what they did yesterday afternoon” by Warsan Shire

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Thank you to everyone who has read and shared Warsan’s timeless poem. May it bring you a glimmer of peace. ❤️

I hope you’ll learn more about Ms. Shire and her work:

New York Times:

NPR
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/27/475872852/beyonces-lemonade-turns-a-somali-brit-poet-into-a-global-star

 
The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-writing-life-of-a-young-prolific-poet-warsan-shire

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5431334.Warsan_Shire

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Warsan-Shire/e/B00CNFXBRO