Treasure Island

Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Poems of Naomi Shihab Nye

21. Streets 1/20/2003
22. Supple Cord 1/4/2012
23. The Art of Disappearing 1/4/2012
24. The Rider 1/4/2012
25. The Small Vases from Hebron 1/4/2012
26. The Story, Around the Corner 1/4/2012
27. The Turtle Shrine Near Chittagong 1/4/2012
28. The Words Under the Words 1/4/2012
29. Truth Serum 1/4/2012
30. Trying to Name What Doesn’t Change 1/4/2012
31. Two Countries 1/20/2003
32. Yellow Glove 1/4/2012


"A true Arab knows how to catch a fly in his hands,"
my father would say. And he'd prove it,
cupping the buzzer instantly
while the host with the swatter stared.

In the spring our palms peeled like snakes.
True Arabs believed watermelon could heal fifty ways.
I changed these to fit the occasion.

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