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Also by Naomi Shihab Nye:
My Friend's Divorce | Keep Driving | Why the Silence Still Hangs Over Eastern Oregon

My Friend's Divorce

I want her
To dig up
every plant
in her garden,
the pansies, the penta,
roses, rununculas,
thyme and the lilies,
the thing
nobody knows the name of,
unwind the morning glories
from the wire windows
of the fence,
take the blooming
and the almost-blooming
and the dormant,
especially the dormant,
and then
and then
plant them in her new yard
on the other side
of town
and see how
they breathe!

Printed in the Spring/Summer 1997 issue of CLR

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye resides in San Antonio, Texas. Her books of poems include Different Ways to Pray, Hugging the Jukebox (selected for the National Poetry Series by Josephine Miles), Yellow Glove, Red Suitcase, and Words Under the Words.

She was the recipient of the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets and appeared in the PBS series "The Language of Life" with Bill Moyers.

You can find Naomi Shihab Nye on the web at:
—  American Academy of Poets
—  Voices from the Gaps
—  HarperChildrens
—  Organica News
—  Amazon
—  Barnes & Noble
—  The Atlantic Monthly
—  The Austin Chronicle
—  Washington Post


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