Naomi Shibab Nye

A poet to be known, By: Dunya Salem

Naomi Shibab Nye

Naomi was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri. She had a Palestinian Father and a American Mother! She lived in Ramallah in Palestine, Jerusalem. She then went to San Antonio, Texas where She received her BA in English and World Religions from Trinity University. She has written about 30 poems and many more! This picture shows a touching Saying what is in the photo!

Naomi has written many, many poems!

Nye gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a touching spirit. The poet William Stafford has said, "her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life." Here is a poem she has Written!

Streets by Naomi Shihab Nye

A man leaves the world and the streets he lived on grow a little shorter.

One more window dark in this city, the figs on his branches will soften for birds.

If we stand quietly enough evenings there grows a whole company of us standing quietly together.

Overhead loud grackles are claiming their trees and the sky which sews and sews, tirelessly sewing, drops her purple hem.

Each thing in its time, in its place, it would be nice to think the same about people.

Some people do.

They sleep completely, waking refreshed.

Others live in two worlds, the lost and remembered.

They sleep twice, once for the one who is gone, once for themselves.

They dream thickly, dream double, they wake from a dream into another one, they walk the short streets calling out names, and then they answer.

I like this poem because I feel as if it is saying remember the ones who you have lost and this poem has a warmth to do so.