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where does it hurt?

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 use 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


Read more about Ms. Shire at The New Yorker.

5 Responses to “where does it hurt?”

  1. Joel311 Says:

    You take in sorrow and share inspiration and understanding. You are marvelous, and anyone who doesn’t notice must be inert.

  2. Jamie Says:

    Just an observation. The flag is always at half-mast

  3. Mr. Smith Says:

    As always, the PSO-etry you bring to us, changes us.

    Even if for a moment or a lifetime, it always changes us.

  4. throbbert Says:

    That is quite a moving piece. Thanks.

  5. science nerd Says:

    Seeing the world as an empath is a tough role to play in today’s world.

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