Happy Friday…

Rather than a photo this week I thought I’d share this incredible poem via Amber J. Keyer’s blog site.

A poem by Warsan Shire: What They Did Yesterday Afternoon

what they did yesterday afternoon

by warsan shire

grief-reactionthey 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

(More from warshan shire in the New Yorker and on her blog.)

Let's Begin!


This is one of many poems found here:  17 Poems to Read When the World is Too Much 

I came across this via a retweet by LeVar Burton of Buzz Feed’s “17 Poems By Black Writers To Read When You Feel Hopeless.” Sometimes the internet is a good place.


Have a peaceful weekend, everyone.