everywhere

by N.A.N.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered
everywhere
everywhere
everywhere.

Warsan Shire, from “what they did yesterday afternoon,” from Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth. These lines capture some of the exasperation, pain, and tragedy that comes with being alive in the world lately, I think.

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