Monday, May 2, 2016

Poem of The Week

Spotlight on Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is the Somali-British poet that is on fire right now (thanks to Beyonce's use of her poetry as interludes and preludes to the songs on her new Lemonade album). If you've been on Tumblr you're probably familiar with her poetry (it's how she got her start and also recognition). She was the inaugural Young Poet Laureate of London in 2013 and she is currently an editor for Spook

For Women Who Are Difficult To Love

you are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
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 or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
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 you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
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.

I love this poem because I can recall moments when I'd shape-shift forcing every ounce of myself into tight corners and holes that I didn't fit into. Cutting my personality up into pieces and separating it into different piles that I thought he'd like. I'm off that shit now. It feels so good to be whole again. I hope that you enjoyed this and don't forget to stay whole.

One Love,

Lisa Del Sol

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