Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A random poem

A few weeks ago, one of my professors gave us a poem, and I thought it was really really awesome.  So, here it is.  If you skim over it, it really doesn't give you the whole effect.


Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
you must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

Naomi Shihab Nye


Anonymous said...

This is not relevent to this post...sorry. I read one of your posts and it was about the effects poverty has on pregnancy in comparison to the drugs and stuff. I actually was so interested in the topic after reading it on your blog that I decided to make that my topic for my 3 english papers this semester, so i was just wondering if you had any specific artiles that you read for class that you liked and if so if you could send me the titles and authors to them. Keep informing be girl, because I learn so much from you! Thanks!

Love you lots,


Rivers and Monica said...

I found your blog from my sister in laws. She is the one going to Samoa. Anyway, I read about you wanting to visit So. Utah and I would say that you should definitely do it. Just avoid the hottest parts of the summer Basically, June, July, and August. It gets over a hundred. Anyway, we are from Hurricane, UT which is 20 minutes from St. George and on your way to Zion National Park. It is beautiful and you won't be disappointed. If you decide to go and have questions feel free to ask. Also, have fun in Florida.