Right Now

August 4, 2014
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Today on the phone,
first time in thirty years,
my friend didn’t know me.
Who? Where do you live?
Where did we meet?
She’s been slipping for a while.
I wonder if that’s how God feels
about Israel right now.
Who are you again?
Did you really suffer?

Photo by Shevaun Williams

Naomi Shihab Nye’s newest book is The Turtle of Oman, forthcoming from Greenwillow Books. Her most recent awards include the 2013 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature as well as the Betty Prize for service in the field of poetry from Poets House, New York City. Her life and work were profiled in the January 2014 issue of WLT.

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