"Home" originated as a spoken word poem, and like much oral poetry, relies heavily on repetition to create musicality and meaning. The most common repetitive device here is anaphora. There are a few different versions of anaphora throughout the poem, but the most prominent is the repetition of the phrase "no one" (and sometimes the longer "no one leaves home"), which opens the poem and appears again and again.
This phrase becomes a kind of refrain, and it plays an important role in delivering the poem's message: that people only become refugees when they truly have no other option. Each time the speaker asserts that "no one would leave home / unless home chased you," or "no one crawls under fences / no one wants to be beaten," or simply, "no one could take it," it implicitly reminds readers that they themselves are included in that "no one" and would never willingly undergo such suffering. Thus, this repetition insists, the people who do endure these traumas only do so because they must, and they deserve understanding and empathy.
The poem includes other instances of anaphora as well, such as the repetition of the word "than," as in:
than your child's body
These moments not only add to the poem's message, underscoring the traumas that refugees may endure, but they also add to the poem's compelling rhythm. The reiteration of the same phrases over and over again gives the poem a sense of forward momentum, as well as a claustrophobic or inescapable sonic quality, which helps capture the dire straits that refugees find themselves in against their will.