“first thought after seeing you smile,”

come with every wound

and every woman you’ve ever loved

every lie you’ve ever told

and whatever it is that keeps you up at night

every mouth you’ve ever punched in

all the blood you’ve ever tasted

come with every enemy you’ve ever made

and all the family you’ve ever buried

and every dirty thing you’ve ever done

every drink that’s burnt your throat

and every morning you’ve woken

with nothing and no one

come with all your loss

your regrets, sins


black outs


come with all the rot in your mouth

and that voice like needle hitting record

come with your kind eyes and weeping knuckles

come with all your shame

come with your swollen heart

i’ve never seen anything more beautiful than you.

Written by Warsan Shire

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