Naomi Shihab Nye


My N 🙂

It’s only fair, that I should share a poem by her? Here you go:


By Naomi Shihab Nye
Because the eye has a short shadow or
it is hard to see over heads in the crowd?
If everyone else seems smarter
but you need your own secret?
If mystery was never your friend?
If one way could satisfy
the infinite heart of the heavens?
If you liked the king on his golden throne
more than the villagers carrying baskets of lemons?
If you wanted to be sure
his guards would admit you to the party?
            The boy with the broken pencil
            scrapes his little knife against the lead
            turning and turning it as a point
            emerges from the wood again
            If he would believe his life is like that
            he would not follow his father into war



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