Where are you, world?

picture of a little boy in oman
A small village in Oman, 2008. Photo by Natalie Jabbar

from Fuel by one of my long-time favorites, Naomi Shihab Nye (1952-).

Boy’s Sleep

All day a boy plunges his hands into his pockets.
Tickets, tape, crystallized stones, a two-dollar bill.

He will not wear pants without pockets.
It is a point of honor.

He sleeps as deeply as the crackle of the burning log,
the breath of the far-flung sea.

Where are you world? Don’t do anything
while I’m not paying attention.


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