What They Did Yesterday Afternoon

What They Did Yesterday Afternoon

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

~ Warsan Shire,
Somali-British poet, writer, editor, educator. Born in Kenya in 1988.

(thanks to Mona Chopra for the share)