Welcome to Poetry Friday. I place to maybe find solace when the world is unsettled. Catherine at Reading to the Core has hosting duties. She's sharing Irene Latham's gorgeous new book, The Museum on the Moon.
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SheLast night, I was preparing this post. It was going to be a different one. I kept hedging and feeling the weight of this week in the world. I kept reading Naomi Shihab Nye's work. She is my go to person when the world is unsettled. Her poems, books, and essays have given me a some understanding of the Middle East. Which one post to post? I couldn't decide and I went to bed without my post written.
When I got out of bed this morning and got my tea, I knew what I'd write about today. I went back online and searched at Poets.org for Nye's work. Below is a cento for the Middle East, using lines from her poems.
A Cento for the Middle East: Thank You Naomi Shihab Nye
Sometimes there is a day
you just want to get far away from.
I thought pain had no tongue.
overlooking my humanity. ‘
A landscape of sorrow and grieving “
But more war, battles, why not simpler things?
burn of ancestors smoldering outside stolen homes,
causes a uniformed man to approach
barking, Is there something you don't understand?
They are the bravest people on earth right now,
kindness as the deepest thing inside,
sorrow as the other deepest thing.
wake up with sorrow.
only kindness makes sense anymore,
for an unfolding day.
©Jone Rush MacCulloch, (draft, 2023)
Sources for the Cento:
“Sometimes there’s a day” From The Tiny Journalist, BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019
“Arabic” from Red Suitcase. Copyright © 1994..
‘Gratitude List” From The Tiny Journalist, BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019
“Moon Over Gaza” From The Tiny Journalist, BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019
“What she Said” Copyright © 2022 by Naomi Shihab Nye. This poem originally appeared in Tikkun, September 10, 2021.
“The Burn” From Transfer BOA Editions, 2011
“The Burn” From Transfer BOA Editions, 2011
“Mediterranean Blue” From The Tiny Journalist. Copyright © 2019
“Kindness” from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1995
“Green Shirt” Copyright © 2022 by Naomi Shihab Nye. This poem originally appeared in Tikkun, September 10, 2021.
Spooky Spectacular Found Poems: October 27, 2027
I'm hoping you will join me on October 27th for a fun poetry event.
Did you have fun with Spring's Classic Found Poem Palooza? You are invited to another found poem spectacular palooza, spooky version. Do you have a favorite horror or scary book, poem or story? Maybe a Poe, a HP Lovecraft, Dracula or Frankenstein?
It doesn't need to be long. From The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe:
uplifted my eyes to
shaking from my spirit
Poetry Friday, Week 29: Getting Ready for the Sealey and Reminded of the Fabulousness that is Naomi Shihab Nye
Jan at BookSeedStudio has the hosting duties this week and she's curated a variety of sources of where to submit poetry as well as introducing to a wonderful collection.
I'm about to leave for four days at the coast, a yearly event. And yesterday morning I awoke to a post on FB by Naomi Shihab Nye thanking someone for the quote on their car:
"There’s a way not to be brokenthat takes brokenness to find it."
~Naomi Shihab Nye
I looked it up and found this poem: "Cinco de Mayo"
Cinco de Mayo By Naomi Shihab Nye
If this is your birthday and you are dead,
do we stay silent as the sheet
you died under? No. You always talked.
Here’s a thick white candle whispering.
Pour birdseed into feeders.
Speak up, speak up.
Tell me where they go, my friend said,
in the same pain. I touched her shoulder.
Here, right here. You’re closer than
you ever were — takes a while to know that.
Every scrap of DNA, he’s listening.
There’s a way not to be broken
that takes brokenness to find it.
Those two last lines. And here's the kicker, today would have been the 75th birthday of my former husband who died five years ago, As some of you know, I left over thirty years ago, and have written about him. The universe guides us and yesterday, the poem was gifted to me.
I was fortunate to take a weeklong class with Naomi in 1989. I will be visiting her books for the Sealey Challenge.
Here is Naomi, reading her poem fro her book, Transfer(2011) :
The Sealey Challenge is a month-long challenge to read poetry and be in community with others. I am going to do my best to immerse myself in the challenge.
Are you participating? I know that Marcie Flinchum Atkins is promoting and getting ready for it.
All photos and poems in these blog posts are copyrighted to Jone Rush MacCulloch 2006- Present. Please do not copy, reprint or reproduce without written permission from me.
2023 Progressive Poem
April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie, TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle, Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine, Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing