Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Spruce Street, Berkeley - Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

If a street is named for a tree,
it is right that flowers
bloom purple and feel like cats,
that people are leaves drifting
downhill in morning fog.

Everyone came outside to see
the moon setting like a perfect
orange mouth tipped up to heaven.

Now the cars sleep against curbs.
If I write a letter,
how will I make it long enough?

There is a place to stand
where you can see so many lights
you forget you are one of them.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012



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