Naomi Shihab Nye

St. Louis, Missouri
Naomi Shihab Nye
St. Louis, Missouri

Poems

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1.
Hidden
If you place a fern
under a stone
the next day it will be
nearly invisible
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2.
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.
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3.
Making A Fist
For the first time, on the road north of Tampico,
I felt the life sliding out of me,
a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear.
I was seven, I lay in the car
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4.
Two Countries
Skin remembers how long the years grow
when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel
of singleness, feather lost from the tail
of a bird, swirling onto a step,
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5.
Streets
A man leaves the world
and the streets he lived on
grow a little shorter.
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6.
Half-And-Half
You can't be, says a Palestinian Christian
on the first feast day after Ramadan.
So, half-and-half and half-and-half.
He sells glass. He knows about broken bits,
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7.
Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting...
A small striped sleeve in her lap,
navy and white,
needles carefully whipping in yarn
from two sides.
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8.
Famous
The river is famous to the fish.
The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.
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9.
The Art Of Disappearing
When they say Don't I know you?
say no.
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10.
Burning The Old Year
Letters swallow themselves in seconds.
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
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