Friday, February 19, 2016

Poetry Friday

Here's another poem that delights me.


My father has a parenthesis
on either side of his mouth.
His new words
live inside his old words.
And there's a strange semicolon
birthmark on my neck —
what does it mean,
my sentence is incomplete?

live with me in the open slope
of a question mark.
Don't answer it!
Curl up in a comma
that says more, and more, and more ...

— Naomi Shihab Nye, from her collection A Maze Me: Poems for Girls (2005)

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