Naomi Shihab Nye. “For those of us who trust poetry and the power of linkage that poetry gives us. It’s a way of – sitting quietly with words and – letting us – them lead us somewhere.”-Naomi Shihab Nye. Georgia Bancheri, Jane Falduto, and Colin Verdi. Nyography. Born March 12 th , 1952
“For those of us who trust poetry and the power of linkage that poetry gives us. It’s a way of – sitting quietly with words and – letting us – them lead us somewhere.”-Naomi Shihab Nye
Georgia Bancheri, Jane Falduto, and Colin Verdi
-- Naomi Shihab Nye
A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn’t catch up to him,
the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion.
What I wonder tonight
pedaling hard down King William Street
is if it translates to bicycles.
A victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behind you on some street corner
while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas,
pink petals that have never felt loneliness,
no matter how slowly they fell.
Skin remembers how long the years growwhen skin is not touched, a gray tunnelof singleness, feather lost from the tailof a bird, swirling onto a step,swept away by someone who never sawit was a feather. Skin ate, walked,slept by itself, knew how to raise a see-you-later hand. But skin feltit was never seen, never known asa land on the map, nose like a city,hip like a city, gleaming dome of the mosqueand the hundred corridors of cinnamon and rope.Skin had hope, that's what skin does.Heals over the scarred place, makes a road.Love means you breathe in two countries.And skin remembers--silk, spiny grass,deep in the pocket that is skin's secret own.Even now, when skin is not alone,it remembers being alone and thanks something largerthat there are travelers, that people go placeslarger than themselves.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East. N.p.: Greenwillow Books, 2002.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Red Suitcase. Brockport: BOA Editions, Ltd., 1994.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Fuel. Rochester: BOA Editions, Ltd., 1998.