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Poem: Twilight

Naomi Shihab Nye

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Victor says, I love this time of day.
This is when I say, Never want to die,
want to be here forever.

O maybe it will be possible, in the shaggy heads of trees
that barely felt us walking beneath them.
Maybe the corners we turned so often
the broken pavements
cracks & signatures
Daniel Lozano 1962
continue to hold us all –
days we walked through thoughtlessly
forgetting to turn our heads
to the vine finally making it over the fence
dangling blossom
orange cup of joy
ephemeral as we were
here
imagining our deep root

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A prominent Arab-American poet, Naomi Shihab Nye lives in San Antonio, Texas. Born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Nye has always belonged to more than one culture.

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