Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Truth Serum - Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

We made it from the ground-up corn in the old back pasture.
Pinched a scent of night jasmine billowing off the fence,
popped it right in.
That frog song wanting nothing but echo?
We used that.
Stirred it widely. Noticed the clouds while stirring.
Called upon our ancient great aunts and their long slow eyes
of summer. Dropped in their names.
Added a mint leaf now and then
to hearten the broth. Added a note of cheer and worry.
Orange butterfly between the claps of thunder?
Perfect. And once we had it,
had smelled and tasted the fragrant syrup,
placing the pan on a back burner for keeping,
the sorrow lifted in small ways.
We boiled down the lies in another pan till they disappeared.
We washed that pan.


Comments about Truth Serum by Naomi Shihab Nye

  • Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (7/3/2016 7:50:00 AM)

    Lovely reminiscences and a lesson on keeping the good and discarding the bad. (Report) Reply

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty Pranab K Chakraborty (7/3/2016 7:48:00 AM)

    Excellent making of poetic art by words. Emotion followed intelligence. So brilliant the work, so hard such work...appreciate poet by heart. A great piece of art indeed.

    ...Noticed the clouds while stirring.
    Called upon our ancient great aunts and their long slow eyes
    of summer. Dropped in their names....

    Unique. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/3/2016 6:58:00 AM)

    A beautifully conceived meaningful poem analyzing the human transactions and their aftermath. Thanks for sharing it here.10 points (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (7/3/2016 12:56:00 AM)

    Tasted the feagrant syrup! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012



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