Warsan Shire Quotes On Immigration, Beauty, Love And Feminism

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Warsan Shire FSRL is a British writer, poet, editor and teacher. She was born on August 1988 to Somalian parents in Kenya. She has a B.A in Creative Writing and was awarded the inaugural Brunel University Afrcan Poetry Prize from a shortlist of 6 candidates out of 655.

 

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Warsan Shire Quotes

No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark;

No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land;

I want to make love, but my hair smells of war and running and running;

We took such care of tomorrow, but died on the way there;

Apathy is the same as war, it all kills you;

 

Your daughter’s face is a small riot,
her hands are a civil war,
a refugee camp behind each ear,
a body littered with ugly things,

but God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well;

 

At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before;

You can’t make homes out of human beings. Someone should have already told you that;

My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude;

It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me;

Give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right;

To my daughter I will say, when men come, set yourself on fire;

The ego hurts you like this: you become obsessed with the one person who does not love you. blind to the rest who do;

But sometimes your light attracts moths and your warmth attracts parasites. Protect your space and energy;

His eyes were the same colour as the sea in a postcard someone sends you when they love you, but not enough to stay;

Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same;

We emotionally manipulated each other until we thought it was love;

How far have you walked for men who’ve never held your feet in their laps;

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