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Rating: 4.8

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

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body

you only leave home
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Reich Junker 11 May 2019

Home is supposed to be a place where everyone feels safe, secure, and loved. There are just circumstances that force people to leave their homes. This world needs healing and mending.

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Prabir Gayen 24 February 2019

no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying- leave, run away from me now i dont know what i've become but i know that anywhere is safer than here...beautiful poem

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Bill McConnell 05 November 2018

How can anyone read this and say they like it, it's sad period and I don't like it not one bit

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irene george(Tanzania) 29 October 2018

Warsan i really love your poems they teach nice

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Martha Loewenthal 01 July 2018

Interesting and deep

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Ryan Lee 19 June 2018

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen just turned 46. I wonder if she has children of her own and has ever lost sight of them - even for only a moment - in a crowd. She would do well to recall this panic. Perhaps she could even read this poem. I trust neither will happen.

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M’Lin 18 June 2018

Beautiful, and terrifying.

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Lungelo S Mbuyazi 09 June 2018

Wonderful artwork.... It's relavant in context...It has so much emotions

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Jon Chesterson 15 June 2017

Very fine and meaningful poem for our times. Times must be said. And of the collaborator too - Pig in the Marmalade.

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