Naomi Shihab Nye
''I'm not interested inNaomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Jerusalem," lines 1-4 (1994).
who suffered the most.
I'm interested in
people getting over it.''
''I can never see fashion models,Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Morning Paper, Society Page," lines 1-4 (1994).
lean angular cheeks, strutting hips
and blooming hair, without thinking of
the skulls at the catacombs in Lima, Peru.''
''I support all people on earthNaomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Those Whom We Do Not Know," part 2, lines 1-6 (1994).
who have bodies like and unlike my body,
skins and moles and old scars,
secret and public hair,
crooked toes. I support
those who have done nothing large.''
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Skin remembers how long the years grow
when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel
of singleness, feather lost from the tail
of a bird, swirling onto a step,
swept away by someone who never saw
it was a feather. Skin ate, walked,
slept by itself, knew how to raise a
see-you-later hand. But skin felt
it was never seen, never known as