Thanks to Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade, millions of people have been turned on to Warsan Shire, the Somali-British writer whose poetry appeared throughout the album. Shortly after Saturday's premiere of Lemonade, Shire's became a trending topic on Twitter.
While the it's unclear exactly how Shire and Beyoncé began working together — Genius guessed that longtime friend and filmmaker dream hampton may have had something to do with it — one of the first pieces of Shire's work that likely caught Beyonce's attention was her poem, "For Women Who Are Difficult to Love," which was adapted throughout "Lemonade."
you are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn't you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can't make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.
Watch Shire read the poem in full below: