Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye Poems
- Hidden If you place a fern under a stone the next day it ...
- Making A Fist For the first time, on the road north of ...
- Blood "A true Arab knows how to catch a fly in his ...
- Two Countries Skin remembers how long the years grow when ...
- Streets A man leaves the world and the streets he lived ...
- Half-And-Half You can't be, says a Palestinian Christian on ...
- Famous The river is famous to the fish. The loud voice is ...
a poet, songwriter, and novelist. She was born to a Palestinian father and American mother. Although she regards herself as a "wandering poet", she refers to San Antonio as her home.
Her first collection of poems, Different Ways to Pray, explored the theme of similarities and differences between cultures, which would become one of her lifelong areas of focus. Her other books include poetry collections 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me, Red Suitcase, Field Trip and Fuel; a collection of essays entitled Never in a Hurry; a young-adult novel called Habibi (the semi-autobiographical story of an Arab-American teenager who moves to ... more »
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If you place a fern
under a stone
the next day it will be
as if the stone has
If you tuck the name of a loved one
under your tongue too long
without speaking it
it becomes blood
the little sucked-in breath of air
beneath your words.
No one sees
the fuel that feeds you.
Submitted by R. Joyce Heon