I put the children to bed and the house is dark now,
Lit by a television telling me how things are still bad.
You have been asleep for hours, sleeping in our bed,
Like it is a cot, on your back, your arms at your sides,
Eyes facing upwards, the ceiling a tent sky of Kandahar.
I am in the kitchen, looking at a map hanging on the wall,
Which we hung for the children, to show them the world,
With all of the continents and the countries,
Shaped like jagged organs, a kidney, a bowel.
The world is a body, we tell them, that needs every part.
And below Russia, which is stretched out in green mint,
I can see it, Afghanistan, this country you left me for,
When you went to war, and I think about it, about how
Even though you have been home for more than a year,
Part of you is still there and how Afghanistan is an organ,
It is our organ, a heart, beating through this house,
Circulating that desert and what happened there
Into our family, foreign but always here.