The Best Poems From Instagram’s Favorite Nayyirah Waheed

Her words go together like salt and pepper.

Perhaps the most famous poet on Instagram and always re grammed by popular demand, Nayyirah Waheed‘s work touches over 300,000 followers and counting daily. Although there is little known about her personal life, the US based native makes you want to re-evaluate your life as each poem breaks down your emotions and leaves you picking them up off the floor, piece by piece. Her fans are devoted; many of them have her poetry tattooed somewhere on their skin. And most of all, Nayyirah’s work is diverse touches many different people. Search #NayyirahWaheed and thousands of selfies will show up with her poems as captions.

Take for example, ‘Immigrant’; she writes, ‘you broke the ocean in half to be here. only to meet nothing that wants you.’ Hmm snaps to that. When her heart speaks, her hands write, then her audience reads. Nayyirah’s self-published books SALT and Njema are sold in over 8 different countries around on the world on and through her site. In celebration of National Poetry Day, here are a few of Nayyirah’s most popular poems about self-reflection, love, and diversity.

On self – reflection

On relationships

On self-discovery


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