you only leave home/when home won’t let you stay

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“….as protests against Trump’s refugee ban took place around the world, two phrases popped up on demonstrator’s signs, banners and social media over and over again: ‘no one leaves home unless/ home is the mouth of a shark’ and ‘you have to understand/ that no one puts their children in a boat/ unless the water is safer than the land.’

“They’re lines from ‘Home,’ a poem by London-based, Kenyan-born Somali poet Warsan Shire.”

Read more:

Protest poetry alive is alive and well – Jackie Hong – The Star – 2/5/17

Home

Warsan Shire

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

Read rest of poem 

 

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