Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Morning Poetry


Companions


She lived with words in a tall white house.

Hundreds of books line her shelves.

They smelled like time, they smelled like rain.

Fanning the pages, she smiled.

I was ten when I found this friend.

Cherry pie steaming on top of the stove.

We sat till it was cool.


She lit up like a lantern when I rang.

Tell me about your teachers, your work.

Who's the bad boy again?

Have you seen that dog that bit you under the eye?

The plates were stacked beside the pie.

Her husband had died before we were born.

But she didn't live alone.

She lived with words.

~Naomi Shihab Nye

Happy Sunday, my friends.



Incredible image by Lady Scarlett.

20 comments:

Gigi said...

So lovely, Relyn! Naomi Shihab Nye is one of my favorite poets, and this poem is pure magic. My whole life is about words, writing them and reading them, maybe that's why I feel such a kinship with you. xoxo

dulcy said...

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Relyn......check out the above blog. It's just so beautiful!

xo
dulcy

Amy said...

Ooh, I just love it! I'll have to copy this one down. And the picture is the perfect companion!

Marilyn Miller said...

Words can be so enchanting to live with. Just beautiful.

Sarah said...

That is a really beautiful poem. I have just enjoyed catching up with all of your recent posts. I love that street art and I liked your post about films. My all time favourite is Withnail and I. I love Amelie, Moulin Rouge too. I watched The Company of Wolves today which I have not seen for a long time and loved it! I see someone mentioned Bringing Up Baby which is great. I also love Teacher's Pet with Doris Day and Clark Gable-hilarious!

Christina said...

this is so beautiful. i am melting.
xo

Suz said...

a wonderful choice of poet and poem

Isabel said...

Lovely poetry. What is life without beautiful words...I can't imagine. Their like warm blankets and cozy scarves around our mind :)

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Oh, don't we all live with and through words? Such a beautiful poem!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think all of us who love books can relate to these words. I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Sue

Rita of Grammy's Sweet Nothings said...

Beautiful words! You always have beautiful words that come from you. I love your writings! Love, Grammy!

Mrs. E said...

Just lovely!

Char said...

great poem

Roban said...

I need to add some of her poetry to my collection, for home and school. I adore this poem. It reminds me of a retired teacher I used to visit when I was in 7th grade. He would quiz me on math and talk to me about books. I loved him, and this poem just brought him back to me ... and tears are flowing. He was a special person in my life and passed away when I was a little older.

Thanks for sharing this poem. It will be a dear one to me.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

So beautiful....I have had so little time to do any blog reading and I have missed it...stop by my Christmas blog and leave a comment. The giveaway is a great Christmas CD to add to your collection.
http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com

Shaista said...

Thankyou for sharing this poem - she is a wonderful poet, and I do love these words.. and your simple things post, so neatly displayed :)

spread your wings said...

sigh! thanks for sharing these words

Bee said...

I grew up in Texas, and when NSN was a very young poet she came to my school. It made an indelible impression on me.

I don't know this one; surprisingly, because books are amongst my very favorite companions.

Thank you for the lovely poem.

Lori said...

I love this poem. this is the second time today that I have stumbled across Naomi Shihab Nye's beautiful words. Thank you!

Dandy said...

So incredibly moving. I had to print it and put it up. You are such a blessing Relyn.

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