Posts Tagged "poem"

famous (naomi shihab nye)

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

famous (naomi shihab nye)

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.

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.

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so much happiness (naomi shihab nye)

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

so much happiness (naomi shihab nye)

It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.

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innocence

Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012

innocence

SWEETNESS

RELAXATION

PLAY

are all dripping with sticky sap

eager to seep onto my

smiling lips

my tongue is a shovel

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