Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Kenyan-born Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, who was recently named London's Young Poet Laureate, is writing verse about the state of the world that captures what I cannot find words to say. This poem of hers has been making the rounds on Facebook, shared and shared again, no doubt because it scalds us with its truth. Thank God for the artists like Warsan because most of the politicians "popping off" right now sound hateful and crazy and devoid of all sense and humanity.

what they did yesterday afternoon

They set my aunt's 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


  1. Oh gosh. You put a face to those words for me. It is a stunningly powerful poem.
    Thank you.

  2. This really hits home, She is amazing. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Haunting and succinct and beautiful and true. I wish every person on earth could realize her conclusion.

  4. The last 9 lines are very simple but extremely moving!

  5. That IS powerful, and so perfectly composed.

  6. Astonishing -- the photo and the poem. Thank you for posting both.

  7. WOW.

    This sums up what my heart has been feeling the past several months. It hurts everywhere :( Thankful for a God who promises peace and hope to come. He's already conquered the world and we should take comfort in that.

    Thank you for sharing.