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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You can't be, says a Palestinian Christian
on the first feast day after Ramadan.
So, half-and-half and half-and-half.
He sells glass. He knows about broken bits,
chips. If you love Jesus you can't love
anyone else. Says he.
At his stall of blue pitchers on the Via Dolorosa,
he's sweeping. The rubbed stones