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Author: NYE, NAOMI SHIHAB
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Nye, Naomi Shihab    Poet's Biography
186 poems available by this author


A VALENTINE FOR ERNEST MANN    Poem Text    
First Line: You can't order a poem like you order a taco
Subject(s): Valentine's Day; Gifts & Giving; Poetry & Poets


A WAY AROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Argument / is a room I won't enter


ACROSS THE BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: If we throw our eyes way out to sea
Last Line: That boat.
Subject(s): Absence; Boats; Mothers; Sea; Water; Separation; Isolation; Ocean


ALASKA    Poem Text    
First Line: The phone rang in the middle of the fairbanks night and was always a
Last Line: The beer is on us.
Subject(s): Alaska; Dreams; Quilts; Sleep; Telephones; Nightmares


ALIVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Dear abby, said someone from oregon
Subject(s): Advice


ALL THINGS NOT CONSIDERED    Poem Text    
First Line: You cannot stitch the breath
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts; Death; Arab-israeli Conflict; Dead, The


ALMOST, NEVER    Poem Text    
First Line: He says one thing -- she says everything else
Last Line: Knotted with cries
Subject(s): Birds; Change; Discontent; Life; Dissatisfaction


ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: He grows used to the sound of the floor
Last Line: That he didn't do. He would like to meet them.
Subject(s): Death; Marriage; Solitude; Dead, The; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Loneliness


ALPHABET    Poem Text    
First Line: One by one / the old people
Last Line: "I"
Subject(s): Past


ALWAYS BRING A PENCIL    Poem Text    
First Line: There will not be a test
Last Line: To move around.
Subject(s): Pens & Pencils; Writing & Writers


ANY NUMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Hole in a sock
Last Line: How many years it takes to make a stone.
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


ARABIC (JORDAN, 1992)    Poem Text    
First Line: The man with laughing eyes stopped smiling
Last Line: In every language and opened its doors.
Subject(s): Arabic Language; Arabs - Women; Grief; Jordan; Pain; Sorrow; Sadness; Suffering; Misery


BECAUSE OF LIBRARIES WE CAN SAY THESE THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: She is holding the book close to her body
Last Line: Her life starts here.
Subject(s): Books; Librarians & Libraries; Reading; Library; Librarians


BEING FROM ST. LOUIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the nickel-gray bridges
Last Line: Its name on our knees.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Cities; Railroads; Travel; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Urban Life; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


BILL'S BEANS; FOR WILLIAM STAFFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the leaves, they're long and curling
Last Line: And the brevity of bean.
Subject(s): Beans; Food & Eating; Oregon; Plantation Life; Trees


BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: A true arab knows how to catch a fly in his hands'
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


BOOKS WE HAVEN'T TOUCHED IN YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The person who wrote yes!
Last Line: Beside the road.
Subject(s): Books; Writing & Writers; Reading


BOY AND EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: Every few minutes, he wants
Last Line: Or the rest of the day.
Subject(s): Birds; Chickens; Eggs; Hens


BOY AND MOM AT THE NUTCRACKER BALLET    Poem Text    
First Line: There's no talking in this movie
Last Line: Do you have any more pistachios in your purse?
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Play; Theater & Theaters; Stage Life


BOY'S SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: All day a boy plunges his hands into his pockets
Last Line: While I'm not paying attention.
Subject(s): Boys; Rest; Sleep


BREAKING MY FAVORITE BOWL    Poem Text    
First Line: Some afternoons / thud unexpectedly
Subject(s): Accidents


BREAKING THE FAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Japanese teacher says
Last Line: No fish blocks my view.
Subject(s): Morning


BRUSHING LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: In alexandria a waitress skimmed between tables
Last Line: We feel full already, we have enough friends.
Subject(s): Palestine


BURNING THE OLD YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Letters swallow themselves in second
Subject(s): Loss


BUTTER BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a picture to help us
Last Line: See how much help we didn't need?
Subject(s): Butter


CAPE COD    Poem Text    
First Line: The graves of desire nye and patty nye (1794)
Last Line: In her hem?
Subject(s): Cape Cod; Disasters; Shipwrecks; Travel; Journeys; Trips


CATALOGUE ARMY    Poem Text    
First Line: Something has happened to my name
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


CHANGED    Poem Text    
First Line: They said something mean about me
Subject(s): Change


COMING SOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I placed one toe
Last Line: It said it did not need me.
Subject(s): Cold; December; Restaurants; Time; Waiters & Waitresses; Cafes; Diners


CONTINUAL USAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: No wonder we felt weighted walking in those halls. The blackboards
Last Line: Returned to her classroom to pay a different kind of attention, this time.
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Past; Schools; Childhood; Students


CROSS THAT LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Paul robseon stood
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


DAILY    Poem Text    
First Line: These shriveled seeds we plan
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


DARLING    Poem Text    
First Line: I break this toast for the ghost of bread in lebanon
Last Line: "the word ""together"" wants to live in every house."
Subject(s): Language; Lebanon; Mothers; Words; Vocabulary


DIFFERENT WAYS TO PRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: There was the method of kneeling
Subject(s): Prayer


DUCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: In her first home each book had a light around it
Last Line: The ducks were building a nest.
Subject(s): Culture Conflict; Ducks; Family Life; Iran; War; Mallards; Drakes; Relatives; Persia


EARLY RISER    Poem Text    
First Line: The face of the clock at 4 a.M.
Last Line: Any mail herself.
Subject(s): Clocks; Dawn; Day; Sleep; Time; Sunrise


ELEVATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: We jumped in, trusting
Last Line: Sister! He wailed, as I sank deep into the ground.
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders; Elevators; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


ENTHUSIASM IN TWO PARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe a wasp will sting my throat again
Last Line: We get it back.
Subject(s): Happiness; Hope; Joy; Delight; Optimism


ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: We raised our hands for the honor of leaving the class -- to carry a
Last Line: We had what we wanted
Subject(s): School; Locks; Doors; Solitude


ESTATE SALE: THE SCRABBLE GAME OF A DEAD WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: A crowd of strangers flies over your life
Last Line: To stand on.
Subject(s): Angels; Cemeteries; Coffins; Death; Wings; Graveyards; Dead, The


EVEN AT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Loose in his lap, the hands
Last Line: By tomorrow. Bar the door.
Subject(s): War


EYE TEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The d is desperate
Last Line: We are so tired of meaning nothing.
Subject(s): Eyes; Letters; Vision


FAMOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The river is famous to the fish
Subject(s): Ambition; Fame; Reputation


FEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: She's walking up the street from sanitary tortilla
Last Line: Answer softly, here I am.
Subject(s): Feathers


FIREFLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Lately I had looked for you everywhere
Last Line: To little light.
Subject(s): Fireflies; Nature; Night; Glowworms; Bedtime


FIRST HAWAIIAN BANK    Poem Text    
First Line: Her hair snipped and tightly curled gives me great comfort
Last Line: Unlike mine, you save me. I would grow so tired were it not for you.
Subject(s): Banks And Banking; Grandparents; Hawaii; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


FOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I am partial to poems about
Subject(s): Likes & Dislikes


FOR MOHAMMED ON THE MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Uncle mohammed, you mystery, you distant secretive face
Subject(s): Uncles; Family Life; Relatives


FOR MOHAMMED ZEID OF GAZA, AGE 15    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no stray bullet, sirs
Subject(s): Middle East - Conflicts; Death - Children; Gaza, Palestine; Arab-israeli Conflict; Death - Babies


FOR THE 500TH DEAD PALESTINIAN, IBTISAM BOZIEH    Poem Text    
First Line: Little sister ibtisam
Last Line: Will not forget your face.
Subject(s): Children; Death; Girls; Palestine; Childhood; Dead, The


FRANKLY    Poem Text    
First Line: No one has time for the dying
Subject(s): Time


FROM HERE TO THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything needs readiness
Last Line: To shine.
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Order


FROM THIS DISTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: He would take a small folded paper from his pocket
Last Line: As he stood under the tree looking up.
Subject(s): Roads; Paths; Trails


FUEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Even at this late date, sometimes I have to look up
Last Line: That's where I was going.
Subject(s): Story-telling


FULL DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The pilot on the plane says
Subject(s): Air Travel; Progress


FUNDAMENTALISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Because the eye has a short shadow or
Last Line: He would not follow his father into war
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


GATE A-4    Poem Text    
First Line: Wandering around the albuquerque airport terminal, after learning
Subject(s): Air Travel; Arabic Language; United States; America


GENETICS    Poem Text    
First Line: From my father I have inherited the ability
Last Line: Ever since.
Subject(s): Genetics


GLINT    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother mentioned only once how the piano teacher she had as
Last Line: They're drifting just outside the tune.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Kisses; Lips; Music Teachers; Musical Instruments; Pianos; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


GRANDFATHER'S HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandfather told me I had a choice
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


HALF-AND-HALF    Poem Text    
First Line: You can't be, says a palestinian christian
Last Line: She is leaving nothing out.
Subject(s): Christianity; Churches; Palestine; Prayer; Ramadan; Cathedrals


HAUNTED    Poem Text    
First Line: We are looking for your laugh
Subject(s): Loss


HELLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Some nights / the rat with pointed teeth
Subject(s): Rats


HIDDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: If you place a fern
Last Line: The fuel that feeds you.


HIGH HOPES    Poem Text    
First Line: It wasn't that they were so
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HIS SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: The field wraps around him
Last Line: Of three days.
Subject(s): Secrets; Solitude; Loneliness


HOLY LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Over beds wearing thick homespun cotton
Last Line: Of their shoes.
Subject(s): Israel; Language; Palestine; Women; Words; Vocabulary


HOW FAR IS IT TO THE LAND WE LEFT?    Poem Text    
First Line: On the first day of his life
Last Line: And he won't even flinch.
Subject(s): Babies; Eyes; Rest; Tears; Infants


HOW PALESTINIANS KEEP WARM    Poem Text    
First Line: Choose one word and say it over
Last Line: And when your shawl is as thin as mine is, you tell stories.
Subject(s): Heat; Language; Palestine; Story-telling; Words; Vocabulary


HUGGING THE JUKEBOX    Poem Text    
First Line: On an island the soft hue of memory,
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Childen; Grandparents; Jukeboxes; Songs; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


I FEEL SORRY FOR JESUS    Poem Text    
First Line: People won't leave him alone
Last Line: From the antioch review
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


I STILL HAVE EVERYTHING YOU GAVE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: It is dusty on the edges
Last Line: I would not trade.
Subject(s): Memory; Time


IF GOD WON'T TAKE ME WHY WON'T THE DEVIL?'; GREAT-GREAT-AUNT LEONORA    Poem Text    
First Line: We stroke your hands to make you smile
Last Line: Casting you back.
Subject(s): Aging; Aunts; Death; Dead, The


IN THAT TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: The day had its own shape
Last Line: His red coat and ran away.
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Past; Childhood


IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Her class invents angels
Last Line: They have nothing to do with you.
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Childhood; Students; Educators; Professors


INSIDE THE RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's blue in here
Last Line: Seems too petty for god.
Subject(s): God; Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


ISLE OF MULL, SCOTLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Because by now we know everything is no green everywhere
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


JERUSALEM (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm not interested in / who suffered the most
Last Line: It's late but everything comes next.
Subject(s): Healing; Israel; Jerusalem; Palestine; Peace; Cures


KEEP DRIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Atsuko / steering her smooth burgundy car
Last Line: Leave.
Subject(s): Cities; Driving & Drivers; Japan; Streets; Urban Life; Japanese; Avenues


KINDNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Before you know what kindness really is
Subject(s): Kindness


KNITTING, CROCHETING, SEWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Small striped sleeve in her lap, navy and white
Subject(s): Women


LAST AUGUST HOURS BEFORE THE YEAR 2000    Poem Text    
First Line: Spun silk of mercy,
Subject(s): Time


LAST SONG FOR THE MEND-IT SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Today some buildings were blown up
Last Line: It tasted like.
Subject(s): Bakeries & Bakers; Buildings & Builders; Landmarks; Retail Trade; Singing & Singers; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers; Songs


LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your street was named for berries
Last Line: Today I would answer for all those other things.
Subject(s): Aunts; Childlessness; Family Life; Houses; Memory; Regret; Relatives


LITTLE BLANCO RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: You're only a foot deep
Subject(s): Authors & Authorship; Poetry & Poets


LIVING AT THE AIRPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Because they lived near a major airport
Last Line: Wings?
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Travel; Wheels; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Journeys; Trips


LIVING WHERE WE DO    Poem Text    
First Line: I like to think of the man under the house
Last Line: Its root lodged deep in the ground.
Subject(s): Houses; Moving & Movers; Secrets


LIVING WITH MISTAKES    Poem Text    
First Line: They won't wear boots
Last Line: In their presence.
Subject(s): Errors; Etiquette; Water; Mistakes; Fallacies; Manners; Courtesy


LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Notices - flutter / from - telephone - poles
Last Line: Call me call me call me
Variant Title(s): So Far
Subject(s): Loss


LUGGAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: She carries her eyes from country to country
Last Line: How it is good we only have two hands
Subject(s): Absence; Strangers; Travel; Separation; Isolation; Journeys; Trips


LULLABY FOR REGRET    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll tuck you in, thin sliver
Last Line: And nothing would go wrong.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Regret


MAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I got mad at my mother
Subject(s): Anger; Mothers


MAKING A FIST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For the first time, on the road north of tampico
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Death; Dead, The


MESSENGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone has been painting
Subject(s): Advertising; Graffiti; Letters; Messages & Messengers; Paintings & Painters


MISSING THE BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not so much that the boat passed
Subject(s): Boats


MONA'S TACO    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear mona, do you know
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


MORNING GLORY    Poem Text    
First Line: The faces of the teachers
Last Line: Together, if we hover long enough.
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


MORNING PAPER, SOCIETY PAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I can never see fashion models
Last Line: A coming style.
Subject(s): Fashion; Models; Skulls


MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TODO    Poem Text    
First Line: This plane has landed thanks to god and his mercy
Last Line: Thanks to the small toad that lives in cool mud at the base of the zinnias.
Subject(s): Life; Luck; Mercy; Travel; Journeys; Trips


MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: When you wanted a piano
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


MY FATHER AND THE FIGTREE    Poem Text    
First Line: For other fruits my father was indifferent
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


MY FRIEND'S DIVORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I want her / to dig up
Last Line: They breathe
Subject(s): Friendship


MY GRANDMOTHER IN THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is possible we will not meet again
Last Line: And only memory making us rich.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Loss; Memory; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


MY UNCLE'S FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Serum of steam rising from the cup
Last Line: Nothing will come.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


NEGOTIATIONS WITH A VOLCANO    Poem Text    
First Line: We will call you agua like the rivers and cool jugs
Subject(s): Volcanoes


NEW YEAR (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Over our heads the words hung down
Last Line: Wonderful dies.
Subject(s): Calendars; Holidays; New Year; Time


NEXT TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Gingko trees live 1,000 years
Last Line: The flesh, the stem, the central vein.
Subject(s): Gingko Trees; Mothers


NIAGARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Arriving early, before the lovers
Last Line: The days that carry us could be these.
Subject(s): Niagara Falls; Tourists; Travel; Waterfalls; Journeys; Trips


OBSERVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I watch how other things travel
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


ONE BOY TOLD ME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Music lives inside my legs
Last Line: Isn't that happiness?
Subject(s): Boys; Mankind; Youth; Human Race


ONGOING    Poem Text    
First Line: The shape of talk would sag / but the birds be brighter than ever
Last Line: Caught?
Subject(s): Arabs - Women


OPEN HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I work as hard as I can
Last Line: Your move.
Subject(s): Peace


OUR PRINCIPAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Beat his wife. / we did not know it then
Last Line: What he says.
Subject(s): Marriage; News; Quarrels; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Arguments; Disagreements


OUR SON SWEARS HE HAS 102 GALLONS OF WATER IN HIS BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere a mistaken word distorts the sum
Last Line: That nobody could break.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Milk; Parents; Water; Wine; Milkmen; Milkmaids; Parenthood


PANCAKES WITH SANTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Santa has a bad memory
Last Line: Santa says ain't.
Subject(s): Christmas; Memory; Santa Claus; Wishes; Nativity, The; Nicholas, Saint


PASSING IT ON    Poem Text    
First Line: Our son's shirts attend kindergarten
Last Line: As original skin.
Subject(s): Charity; Clothing & Dress; Salvation Army; Philanthropy


PAUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The boy needed / to stop by the road
Last Line: Across the fields.
Subject(s): Drought; Fields; Home; Roads; Travel; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Paths; Trails; Journeys; Trips


PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW YOU BECAME A WRITER    Poem Text    
First Line: Possibly I began writing as a refuge from our insulting first grade text book. Come, jane, come. Loo
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


POINT OF ROCKS, TEXAS    Poem Text    
First Line: The stones in my heart
Last Line: Looks like a simple stripe.
Subject(s): Clouds; Mountains; Prairies; Stones; Texas; Hills; Downs (Great Britain); Plains; Granite; Rocks


PRAYER IN MY BOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: For the wind no one expected
Subject(s): Peace


PROBLEMS WITH THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: The story was too long
Last Line: To find you.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Story-telling


QUIET OF THE MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: A giant, puffed, and creamy cloud
Last Line: People, people, people.
Subject(s): Peace; Silence


RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: A teacher asked paul
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


RED BROCADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The arabs used to say
Subject(s): Arabs; Hospitality


REMEMBERED    Poem Text    
First Line: He wanted to be remembered so he gave people things


SAD MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: It's strange to think how letters used to be letters, letting you know
Last Line: Time.
Subject(s): Letters; Postal Service; Writing & Writers; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


SAN ANTONIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight I lingered over your name
Subject(s): Love


SAN ANTONIO MI SANGRE: FROM THE HARD SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: The 2 a.M. Whistle of the long train
Last Line: In a car streaking the thirsty land.
Subject(s): Drought; Thirst


SHOULDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man crosses the street in rain
Last Line: The rain will never stop falling.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Fathers & Sons; Peace; Nuclear Freeze


SIFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When our english teacher gave
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


SLEEPING AND WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: All night someone is trying to tell you something.
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Once with my scarf knotted over my mouth
Last Line: The son! Before the weather changes.
Subject(s): Cold; Fathers & Sons; Relationships; Snow; Weather


SO MUCH HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


SO THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I would not let one four-year-old son
Last Line: My my we are a stubborn personality
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


SPARROW BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: He told the secrets of his life
Last Line: Before he flew.
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


STAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: She scrubbed as hard as she could with a stone
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Women - Old Age


STEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man letters the sign for his grocery in arabic and english
Last Line: Making the shadows that cross each other's smiles.
Subject(s): Advertising; Children; Language; Letters; Signs & Signboards; Childhood; Words; Vocabulary


STREETS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A man leaves the world
Subject(s): Death; City & Town Life; Sleep; Streets; Dead, The; Avenues


STRING    Poem Text    
First Line: At certain hours we may rest assured that nearly everyone inside
Last Line: Although we did not live in that house
Subject(s): Lace; Togetherness


SUPPLE CORD    Poem Text    
First Line: My brother, in his small white bed
Subject(s): Brothers; Family Life; Half-brothers; Relatives


THE ART OF DISAPPEARING    Poem Text    
First Line: When they say don't I know you?
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE ATTIC AND ITS NAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's hard up there. You dig in a box for whatever the moment
Last Line: Too occupied to remember what sent you up into the dark.
Subject(s): Attics; Change; Memory; Past


THE DIFFICULT LIFE OF A YOKOHAMA LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: Each train that passes
Last Line: By the delightful discovery drugstore.
Subject(s): Leaves; Mountains; Trees; Wind; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THE GRIEVING RING    Poem Text    
First Line: When word of his death arrived
Last Line: For the rest of so many lives
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: A man in a lawn chair
Last Line: Growing on the counter next to the knife.
Subject(s): August; Fruit; Grass; Pear Trees; Summer; Trees; Pears


THE LIST    Poem Text    
First Line: A man told me he had calculated
Subject(s): Books; Reading


THE LITTLE BROTHER POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I keep seeing your car in the streets
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


THE MAN WHO HATED TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: When he started blaming robberies
Subject(s): Trees


THE MAN WHOSE VOICE HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM HIS THROAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Remains all supple hands and gesture
Last Line: Like an answer
Subject(s): Language; Silence; Words; Vocabulary


THE MUSIC BOX    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Music Box; Forgetfulness


THE PALESTINIANS HAVE GIVEN UP PARTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Once singing would rise
Last Line: Of the velvet in the drawer.
Subject(s): Palestine


THE RIDER    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy told me / if he roller-skated fast enough
Last Line: No matter how slowly they fell.
Subject(s): Bicycles; Solitude; Victory; Cycling; Loneliness


THE SMALL VASES FROM HEBRON    Poem Text    
First Line: Tip their mouths open to the sky
Last Line: And the long sorrow of the color red.
Subject(s): Arabs; Arabs - Women; Middle East - Conflicts; Arab-israeli Conflict


THE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: From somewhere / a calm musical note arrives
Subject(s): Songs


THE STORY AROUND THE CORNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Is not turning the way you thought
Subject(s): Story-telling


THE TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer is the time to write. I tell myself this
Last Line: Maybe it is a title and this life is the poem.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Summer; Time; Writing & Writers


THE TRAVELING ONION    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think how far the onion has traveled
Last Line: Disappear.
Subject(s): Humanity; Onions


THE TRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Even on a sorrowing day
Subject(s): Tea


THE TURTLE SHRINE NEAR CHITTAGONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Humps of shell emerge from dark water
Last Line: Or say, this is water, that is land.
Subject(s): Reptiles; Turtles; Tortoises


THE WHOLE SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think of the long history of the self
Subject(s): Arabs - Women


THE WORDS UNDER THE WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother's hands recognize grapes
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grief; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Sorrow; Sadness


THOSE WHOM WE DO NOT KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Because our country has entered
Last Line: Think they know us now.
Subject(s): Peace; War


TONGUE-TIED    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone just told me our tastebuds die
Last Line: Between my teeth.
Subject(s): Aging; Taste (Sense)


TRAVEL ALARM    Poem Text    
First Line: Because everything still bears
Last Line: Of green.
Subject(s): Clocks; Family Life; Time; Travel; Relatives; Journeys; Trips


TRUTH SERUM    Poem Text    
First Line: We made it from the ground-up corn in the old back pasture
Subject(s): Truth


TRYING TO NAME WHAT DOESN'T CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Roselva says the only thing that doesn't change
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


TWO COUNTRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Skin remembers how long the years grow
Subject(s): Gratitude; Skin


VALENTINE FOR ERNEST MANN    Poem Text    
First Line: You can't order a poem like you order a taco
Last Line: And let me know.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Secrets


VISIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Welcome to abu dhabi
Last Line: Alright by me.
Subject(s): Birds; Falcons; Guests; Rooms; Visiting


VOCABULARY OF DEARNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: How a single word
Last Line: And where is the rake?
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: I will never taste cantaloupe
Last Line: Ocean shell, chinese button, against the sky.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Legacies; Memory; Regret; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


WAIKIKI       
First Line: On the famous beach in honolulu a small japanese girl cried and cried
Last Line: Made and funneled up the billion particles into a mound.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Honolulu; Seashore; Travel; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Beach; Coast; Shore; Journeys; Trips


WEDDING CAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once on a plane
Last Line: Was funnier than the whole arm.
Subject(s): Babies; Brides; Clothing & Dress; Marriage; White (Color); Infants; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


WHAT BRINGS US OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Something about pumpkins caused
Last Line: How fast you had to turn to make it move.
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Fear; Pumpkins


WHAT HE SAID TO HIS ENEMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: He could hear them off in the forest
Subject(s): Enemies


WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When you were small
Last Line: Ancient eyes.
Subject(s): Children; Growth; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


WHAT PEOPLE DP    Poem Text    
First Line: November november november the days crowd together
Subject(s): Fathers


WHAT SHE WAS DOING AT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby was there -- unfair
Last Line: Wearing a cool rag pressed between her eyes.
Subject(s): Children; Home; Mothers; Schools; Childhood; Students


WHAT'S HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Idaho potatoes have made it to honolulu
Last Line: I'll go soon. And, don't remember me.
Subject(s): Honolulu; Language; Travel; Words; Vocabulary; Journeys; Trips


WORDS WHEN WE NEED THEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Before this early moment
Last Line: We could still say.
Subject(s): Dawn; Language; Morning; Silence; Sunrise; Words; Vocabulary


WRITER'S CONFERENCE       
First Line: No skyline is visible from
Subject(s): Authors - Conferences And Workshops; Writer's Conferences And Workshops


YEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Each morning from the dim secrecy
Last Line: To the oven.
Subject(s): Accidents; Bakeries & Bakers; Bread; Schools; Students


YELLOW GLOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: What can a yellow glove mean in a world of motorcars and / governments?
Subject(s): Arabs - Women; Authors & Authorship; Poetry & Poets


YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL    Poem Text    
First Line: You have to be careful telling things


YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do your poems comfort me, I ask myself
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


YOUR NAME ENGRAVED ON A GRAIN OF RICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Blazing pink shirts spill into streets, garden green, full-throated
Last Line: Bubbling and softening, changing its life?
Subject(s): Parades; Parties