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Has elections always been this stupefyingly crazy for both the Philippines and the US? or is it the added social media flair, magnifying even the microscopic crud of politics? When has political disagreements turned into death threats and a reason for broken relationships? When has civil conversations disintegrated?

Shire’s “Home” poem reached its social media popularity when the Syrian refugees reached the borders of Europe. The one I posted here is just a fraction of the entire poem, and what I feel is a reflection of many, many Filipino immigrants around the world. Though her circumstances in Africa differ from the Philippines, the anguish, sadness, and bitterness is hauntingly similar. I could only wish that the next Philippine president will yield its power for the betterment of the Filipino people, and those who have decided to leave “Home” will find it pleasing and safe to come back again, and again, and again, and again.

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Our 2014 trip to El Nido, Palawan Philippines

HOME

by: Warsan Shire

i want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the 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 the oceans
drown
save
be hunger
beg
forget pride
your survival is more important

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’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here

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