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.
No one leaves home unless home chases you fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
its not something you ever thought of doing until the blade burnt threats into your neck even then you carried the anthem under your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilet,
sobbing as each mouthful of paper made it clear that you wouldn't be going back.
.... you have to understand that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.
No one burn their palms under trains, beneath carriages, no one spend days and nights in the stomach of a truck, feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled means something more than the journey.
... No one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten, pitied
no one chooses refugee camps or strip searches when your body is left aching
or prison, because prison is safer than a city of fire
and one prison guard in the night is better than a truckload of men who look like your father
No one could take it
No one could stomach it
No one skin would be tough enough.
They say ''go back home refugees, dirty immigrants, asylum seekers sucking our country dry, with their hands out, they smell strange, savage messed up their countries and now they want to mess ours up"
How do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs... maybe because the blow is softer than a limb torn off, or the insults are easier to swallow than rubble, than bone, than your child's body in pieces.
I want to go home but home is the mouth of a shark
Home is the barrel of a gun
and no one would leave home unless home chased you to the shore
unless home told you to quicken your legs
leave your clothes behind
crawl through the desert
wade through oceans
your survival is more important
You have to understand no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying..... leave, run away from me now i don't know what i have become but i know that ANYWHERE is safer than here. #warsan