what they did yesterday afternoon

by warsan shire
  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. later that night/i held an atlas in my lap/ran my fingers across the whole world/and whispered/where does it hurt?
  4. It answered/everywhere/everywhere/everywhere.
  5. For Pulse.