Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

"for the fifth time this month you say you’re going to leave him he calls you a cunt over the phone then walks the three miles to your house and kisses your mouth until the word is just a place on your body. i don’t know what brings broken people together maybe damage seeks out damage the way stains on a mattress halo into one another the way stains on a mattress bleed into each other."

"for the fifth time this month
you say you’re going to leave him
he calls you a cunt over the phone
then walks the three miles to your house
and kisses your mouth until the word is just
a place on your body.
i don’t know what brings broken people together
maybe damage seeks out damage
the way stains on a mattress halo into one another
the way stains on a mattress bleed into each other."

Somalia/UK / 2011

I love Warsan Shire! I was so thrilled to see her on Lemonade, Beyoncé's new visual album. The interludes between songs are some of Shire's poems. It was so cool to hear them be recited and interwoven into the general themes of the album. There was lots of talk of love, motherhood, and self-esteem. Their works complimented each other so incredibly well. I think this quote encapsulates Shire's kind of poetry. It's simple, sensual, and poignant. I love how she uses the simple image of mattress stain to allude to dysfunctional relationships. I think damaged people do seek each other out. And I love that Shire speculates so beautifully as to why. Please read more of her work. I featured another one of my favorites, "Home," a few months ago. Thanks @beyonce for introducing more folks to Warsan Shire! 💕💕💕

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