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Author: NYE, NAOMI SHIHAB
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Nye, Naomi Shihab    Poet's Biography
297 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


ARABIC COFFEE       
First Line: It was never too strong for us


AT MOTHER TERESA'S       
First Line: Finally there are enough people to hug!
Last Line: Her face closes. I will never guess
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


AUDIENCE       
First Line: Always one man reeking of salt
Last Line: Hands, dangling %these three small stones


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


BEYOND THIS WORLD THERE ARE TWENTY OTHER WORLDS       
First Line: My friend spreads deer corn
Last Line: Between rings because no one could reach


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


BLOOD       
First Line: A true arab knows how to catch a fly in his hands'
Last Line: Where can the crying heart graze? %what does a true arab do now?
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - 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 MY FAVORITE BOWL       
First Line: Some afternoons


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


BRICK       
First Line: Each morning in the gray margin


BROKEN CLOCK       
First Line: What does time look like from your chair? Once you cowered in a
Last Line: When you leave here? Does this place really let you leave?


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       
First Line: My friend from bethlehem shops at a jewish deli in jerusalem
Last Line: She will not be able to eat it
Subject(s): Peace


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


CALIFORNIA TIME, TEXAS TIME       
First Line: Knowing you are always two hours ahead of me
Last Line: The hour wraps around him and he shines %not even knowing it and dives deep


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


CATALOGUE ARMY       
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


DEBRIS       
First Line: A woman phones to say she found two of my poems
Last Line: The men and women who walk through them, sometimes step gently and sometimes pause


DEFINING WHITE       
First Line: On the telephone no one knows what white is


DEFINITE SHORE       
First Line: The boy who ate poisoned fish in sri lanka covers his eyes


DEW       
First Line: A kickapoo grandmother pulled


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


EARTH, SELS       
First Line: Comes from the bleeding berry, reaching arm of tomato, twisted vine
Last Line: Shaping tiny as an echo poured through a pipe-what will you %make make make of your lives?


EDGE OF A COUNTRY       
First Line: At a party, he stooped, spoke his name
Last Line: Wore the breath of the whole sea in his wings


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


ENDLESS INDIAN NIGHTS       
First Line: How the same shah who commanded thousands


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


ESCAPE       
First Line: That autumn in ramallah
Last Line: It was so hard to be there, %age 14, the speechless leaves %unfurling inside my mouth


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


FAMOUS       
First Line: The river is famous to the fish
Last Line: But because it never forgot what it could do


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


FLASHBULB       
First Line: Now she stands bent over, pressing a cane hard into the floor. She
Last Line: But my parent's most famous meal would never be eaten


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


FOR LOST AND FOUND BROTHERS       
First Line: Where were you in winters of snow


FOR LUKE, LEAVING US       
First Line: I'll remind you how we broke sticks


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


FRENCH MOVIES       
First Line: Roasted chicken placed on a linen cloth


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


GARDEN OF ABU MAHMOUD       
First Line: He had lived in spain


GARDENER       
First Line: Everything she planted gave up under the ground


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


GOING FOR PEACHES, FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS       
First Line: Those with experience look for a special kind


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


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


GRATEFUL       
First Line: From the stick that is my head


GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER HAS HIS PICTURE TAKEN       
First Line: Against the wall he leans, impeccably still
Last Line: And the street accepts three more people, %washed with silence, filled with eyes


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


HAMMER AND NAIL       
First Line: Would you like to see where our little girl is buried' my friend asks as
Last Line: Have looked lovely as miniature forests for the first few days


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


HAWAIIAN PUNCH PRAYER, AUGUST       
First Line: They pound on my door so long


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


HELLO       
First Line: Some nights %the rat with pointed teeth
Last Line: And all the rats are waving hello
Subject(s): Rats


HER WAY       
First Line: What water she poured on the floor


HERE       
First Line: Some days a wisp of light delivers


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


HOUSE IN THE HEART       
First Line: How is it possible to wake this empty


HOUSE MADE OF RAIN       
First Line: Our voices poured out through
Last Line: Or that anything could be enough


HOUSE WITH NO ONE IN IT       
First Line: Each time you drive away


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


HUGGING THE JUKEBOX       
First Line: On an island the soft hue of memory
Last Line: This is not the end of the island, or the tablets this life has been %scribbled on, or the song


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


INTENSIVE CARE       
First Line: The roads to my father's heart
Last Line: The kiss that pulls us up %to many many days


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


JACK KEROUAC'S WILL       
First Line: Dear jack, shortly after the march 12 birthday party
Last Line: You left everything %to me


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


JERUSALEM (2)       
First Line: Two girls danced, red flames winding


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


LA FERIA       
First Line: Here comes the woman who never looks up with one little girl riding
Last Line: They are staying in one place


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


LEO       
First Line: The man can fish. Trout come to him


LIGHT WHERE LIVES INTERSECT       
First Line: Each time a hummingbird discovers
Last Line: Lit by its shadow %each time someone dies they will feel surprised


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


LITTLE BLANCO RIVER       
First Line: You're only a foot deep
Last Line: Don't ever get too big
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Poetry And Poets


LITTLE BROTHER POEM       
First Line: I keep seeing your car in the streets
Last Line: When you need it, and you don't have so much time
Subject(s): Family Life


LIVES OF THE WOMEN POETS       
First Line: Essentially she is not very well-remembered
Last Line: To whom it is addressed


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


LOOKING FOR THE CAT GRAVE       
First Line: Sunlight stripes a wall


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


LUNCH IN NABLUS CITY PARK       
First Line: When you lunch in a town which has recently known war


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


MAKING A FIST       
First Line: For the first time, on the road north of tampico


MAN WHO HATED TRESS       
First Line: When he started blaming robberies


MAN WHO MAKES BROOMS       
First Line: So you come with these maps in your head


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


MINE       
First Line: It's mine-no, it's mine
Last Line: What happens if you kiss, just then?
Subject(s): Peace


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


MOON TRIO       
First Line: Moon of silence, unexpected visitor


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


MOTHER OF NOTHING       
First Line: Sister, the stars have no children


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


MUSIC       
First Line: When you wanted a piano
Subject(s): Family Life


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 FATHER AND THE FIGTREE       
First Line: For other fruits my father was indifferent
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - 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 MOHAMMED AT MECCA, 1981       
First Line: This year the wheels of cars


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


NEGOTIATIONS WITH A VOLCANO       
First Line: We will call lyou 'agua' like the rivers and cool jugs


NEW YEAR (1)       
First Line: Maybe the street is tired of being a street
Last Line: To every future which was not hers


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


NEWS TRAVELLING WELL       
First Line: In south india


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


NINE YEARS LATER       
First Line: Where are the better people we hoped %to be, in his memory?
Last Line: A little sheaf %of kleenex


NO ONE THINKS OF TEGUCIGALPA       


NOBODY'S NEWSPAPER       
First Line: Nobody's newspaper tells what the costa ricans did


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


OFFICE 337, WHEELER HALL, BERKELEY       
First Line: I live in a room of abandoned things


OLD IRON       
First Line: Some days the words pass us


OLIVE JAR       
First Line: In the corner of every arab kitchen, an enormous plastic container
Last Line: Or the inedible thesis %statement: it is with great dignity we press you to our lips


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


OVER THE FENCE       
First Line: It is no miracle, she says


PABLO AND I HAVE LUNCH       
First Line: Yesterday I felt comfortable


PAKISTAN WITH OPEN ARMS       
First Line: Tonight in karachi, a man drapes


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


PASSWORD       
First Line: I have made so many mistakes
Last Line: I have slept so many times %you might think I would really be awake %by now


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


PINS       
First Line: Sitti, sitti, can anyone know how often they are thought of? It might
Last Line: Ceiling--they've been gone, you know, a very long time


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


PRAYER IN MY BOOT       
First Line: For the wind no one expected
Last Line: Turning over in its sleep
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


RAIN       
First Line: A teacher asked paul
Last Line: Knew nothing of the coming rain
Subject(s): Education; Schools


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


ROPES       
First Line: On the beach at karachi, a man tells his monkey


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


SAIL MADE OF RAGS       
First Line: On a river in bangladesh, one of the million currents, a
Last Line: I look where you look. The boat is going by


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


SLEEP'S LITTLE HOUSE       
First Line: What an open mouth this hour has
Last Line: When it has been used by someone %he doesn't know


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


SOME RELIEF TO THINK OF STARS       
First Line: The casual inquiry - where is he


SPACIOUS AIR       
First Line: Air gathers words in its wide hands


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


SPEAKING ARABIC       
First Line: Why, if I'm part arab, can't I speak arabic?' my son, age five
Last Line: The tall american trees were dangling their thick branches right %down over his head


SPRUCE STREET, BERKELEY       
First Line: If a street is named for a tree


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


STREETS       
First Line: A man leaves the world
Last Line: Calling out names, and then they answer


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


SURE       
First Line: Today you rain on me from every corner of the sky


TELLING LESS: 1       
First Line: Otherwise the sun ran dripping across every surface
Last Line: A thousand open eyes, smiling


TELLING LESS: 2       
First Line: The fresh smell of laundry startles us
Last Line: Breeze. Inside, a mattress where something else was, %might be


TELLING LESS: 3       
First Line: That's not the half of it
Last Line: And remember how one by one they held us %in their arms


TELLING THE STORY       
First Line: In america, what's real


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


THINLY FLUTED WINGS OF STAMPS       
First Line: Birds spoke your language by coming to the sill


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


THREE MULE DEER, DUSK, ORGAN MOUNTAINS       
First Line: The hermit justiniani walked across europe
Last Line: Our whirring engine %on the road back to town


THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW, CHIAPAS       
First Line: Bit by shining bit, the world streams by
Last Line: They were planted on the road and %they were all alone


TILL NOW       
First Line: I hid my lies behind the door where no one


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


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


TUNNEL OF QUESTIONS       
First Line: What's been going on


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


TWO COUNTRIES       
First Line: Skin remembers how long the years grow


USE OF FICTION       
First Line: A boy claims he saw you on a bicycle last week


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 HE SAID TO HIS ENEMIES       
First Line: He could hear them off in the forest


WHAT IS GIVEN, WHAT IS NOT GIVEN       
First Line: To market, you hens with stunned faces


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


WHEN THE FLAG IS RAISED       
First Line: Today the vein of sadness pumps


WHERE CHILDREN LIVE       
First Line: Homes where children live exude a pleasant rumpledness


WHERE THE SOFT AIR LIVES       
First Line: She placed her babies in the sink


WHITE COALS       
First Line: Scarcely anything bigger than the questions I didn't ask. What hap
Last Line: To your shoulders, pulsing, a bird turned into a flower, folding its %wings


WHITE ROAD       
First Line: I can't even count


WHO'S WHO, 1941       
First Line: I'm being insulted in a library. The librarian thinks I'm a high


WHOLE SELF       
First Line: When I think of the long history of the self
Last Line: And I was there, waving, and I would be there at the other end
Subject(s): Arabs - Women


WITH THE GREEKS       
First Line: When you dance greek-style


WOOD       
First Line: The silence of a desk


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


WRITER'S CONFERENCE       
First Line: No skyline is visible from
Subject(s): Authors - 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


YELLOW GLOVE       
First Line: What can a yellow glove mean in a world of motorcars and %governments?
Last Line: Part of the difference between floating and going down
Subject(s): Arabs - Women; Authors And Authorship; Poetry And Poets


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


YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL       


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


YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE       
First Line: Why do your poems comfort me, I ask myself
Last Line: And then hoping you can


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