Poem by Warsan Shire

April 30, 2016

You are a horse running alone 

And he tries to tame you

Compares you to an impossible


To a burning house

Says you are blinding him

That he could never leave you

Forget you

Want anything but you

You dizzy him, you are unbearable

Every woman before you or after you

Is doused in your name

You fill his mouth

His teeth ache with memory of


His body just a long shadow

Seeking yours

But you are always too intense

Frightening in the way you want


Unashamed and sacrificial

He tells you that no man can live

Up to the one who

Lives in your head

And You tried to change didn't


Closed your mouth more

Tried to be softer


Less volatile, less awake

But even when sleeping you could 


Him travelling away from you in his


So what did you want to do love

Split his head open?

You can't make homes out of 

Human beings

Someone should have already 

Told you that

And if he wants to leave

Then let him leave

You are terrifying

And strange and beautiful

Something not everyone knows

How to love.

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