Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Poems of Naomi Shihab Nye

1. Alaska 1/4/2012
2. Blood 1/20/2003
3. Boy and Egg 1/4/2012
4. Burning the Old Year 1/4/2012
5. Different Ways to Pray 1/4/2012
6. Famous 1/4/2012
7. Fundamentalism 1/4/2012
8. Half-And-Half 1/13/2003
9. Hello 1/4/2012
10. Hidden 1/13/2003
11. Hugging the Jukebox 1/4/2012
12. Jerusalem 1/4/2012
13. Last August Hours Before the Year 2000 1/4/2012
14. Making A Fist 1/20/2003
15. My Uncle’s Favorite Coffee Shop 1/4/2012
16. San Antonio 1/4/2012
17. Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting... 1/13/2003
18. Shoulders 1/4/2012
19. So Much Happiness 1/4/2012
20. Spruce Street, Berkeley 1/4/2012

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.

In the spring our palms peeled like snakes.
True Arabs believed watermelon could heal fifty ways.
I changed these to fit the occasion.

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