Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Naomi Shihab Nye Poems

1. Business 5/13/2015
2. How Palestinians Keep Warm 5/16/2015
3. Arabic 5/16/2015
4. Snow 5/16/2015
5. Lying While Birding 5/22/2015
6. Negotiations with a Volcano 12/10/2015
7. Loving Working 1/23/2016
8. One Way or Another 4/30/2015
9. Many Asked Me Not to Forget Them 6/22/2015
10. Valentine for Ernest Mann 5/9/2015
11. Arabs in Finland 6/10/2015
12. The Turtle Shrine Near Chittagong 1/4/2012
13. Song Book 12/1/2014
14. The Story, Around The Corner 1/4/2012
15. The Traveling Onion 12/26/2014
16. The Words Under The Words 1/4/2012
17. Trying To Name What Doesn’t Change 1/4/2012
18. Yellow Glove 1/4/2012
19. Wedding Cake 12/17/2014
20. Last August Hours Before The Year 2000 1/4/2012
21. Truth Serum 1/4/2012
22. Spruce Street, Berkeley 1/4/2012
23. The Small Vases From Hebron 1/4/2012
24. Supple Cord 1/4/2012
25. San Antonio 1/4/2012
26. My Uncle’s Favorite Coffee Shop 1/4/2012
27. The Rider 1/4/2012
28. Fundamentalism 1/4/2012
29. Hello 1/4/2012
30. Alaska 1/4/2012
31. Jerusalem 1/4/2012
32. Shoulders 1/4/2012
33. Hugging The Jukebox 1/4/2012
34. Boy And Egg 1/4/2012
35. Different Ways To Pray 1/4/2012
36. Burning The Old Year 1/4/2012
37. The Art Of Disappearing 1/4/2012
38. So Much Happiness 1/4/2012
39. Famous 1/4/2012
40. Half-And-Half 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Naomi Shihab Nye

Hidden

If you place a fern
under a stone
the next day it will be
nearly invisible
as if the stone has
swallowed it.

If you tuck the name of a loved one
under your tongue too long
without speaking it
it becomes blood
sigh
the little sucked-in breath of air
hiding everywhere
beneath your words.

No one sees
the fuel that feeds you.


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Blood

"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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