Special Edition of Daily Riches: No One Leaves Home . . . (Warsan Shire)

Richer By Far

Home, by Warsan Shire (British-Somali poet)

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.

your neighbours running faster
than you, the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind
the old tin factory is
holding a gun bigger than his body,
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one would leave home unless home
chased you, fire under feet,
hot blood in your belly.

it’s not something you ever thought about
doing, and so when you did –
you carried the anthem under your breath,
waiting until the airport toilet
to tear up the passport and swallow,
each mouthful of paper making it clear that
you would not be going back.

you have to understand,
no one puts their children in a boat
unless…

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Feb 14: It’s Ester Howland’s Day

Terry Bell Writes

Yesterday, February 14, should not have been in celebration of St Valentine. And not only because such a person probably did not exist. Nor should it be a celebration of monogamous, romantic love, let alone a minor feast day in the Christian calendar.

Instead, it should be a day to celebrate entrepreneurs and retailers, especially chocolatiers, florists and others involved in the personal gifts business. And the individual to whom homage should be paid is Ester Howland, the 19th Century American artist, printer and cunning marketeer.

It was in 1850 that Ester, from Worcester in the state of Masschesetts, first hit on the idea of printing romantic cards in celebration of what was by then regarded as a day for romantically inclined gentlemen of standing to declare — usually anonymously — their love for the female they desired. Since the 17th Century this was done via bouquets of flowers or…

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Poverty and Mental Illness

Crick Lund is a Principal Investigator of the Africa Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM) U19 NIMH Collaborative Hub, and CEO of the Programme for Improving Mental health care (PRIME), a DFID funded research consortium focusing on the integration of mental health into primary care in five low and middle-income countries. Crick holds a BA (Hons), MA, MSocSci (Clinical Psychology), PhD, and is Professor and Director of the Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town.

Crick wants to create greater public awareness about the links between mental health and poverty, and what can be done to break the cycle of poverty and mental illness.