Friday, June 15, 2018


This week I attended a district literacy training. One of the sessions that I attended, they talked about Overdrive, a tool that allows kids to access books on their computers and phones and tablets. While I was messing around with that app, I stumbled across A MAZE ME by Naomi Shihab Nye. I first thought it was a new book, then discovered it was originally published in 2005, then re-published, (maybe with a different cover?) in 2014. At any rate, I loved the poems. I also loved the foreword, which I think will be perfect to use with sixth graders the first week of school.

From the back cover: 
Life is a tangle of
twisting paths.
Some short.
Some long.
There are dead ends.
And there are choices.
And wrong turns,
and detours,
and yield signs, 
and instruction booklets,
and star maps,
and happiness,
and loneliness.
And friends.
And sisters.
And love.
And poetry.
Life is a maze.
You are a maze.
And amazing.
Naomi Shihab Nye

"Every Day"
My hundred-year-old next door neighbor told me
every day is a good day if you have it.
I had to think about that a minute.
She said, Every day is a present
someone left at your birthday place at the table.
Trust me! It may not feel like that
but it's true. When you're my age
you'll know. Twelve is a treasure
and it's up to you
to unwrap the package gently,
lift out the gleaming hours
wrapped in tissue,
don't miss the bottom of the box.

Naomi Shihab Nye

"If the Shoe Doesn't Fit"

you take it off
of course you take it off
it doesn't worry you
it isn't your shoe

Naomi Shihab Nye

Karen Edmisten is hosting Poetry Friday this week. She shares "Sustenance," a beautiful poem by Barbara Crooker, and then her own "Sustenance" poem, which is equally beautiful.


Brenda at FriendlyFairyTales said...

I love this poet and this book, too. Great post.

Mary Lee said...

What a find! I love her poems, so will have to look for this one!

Do kids have to have a library card to access Overdrive?

Ramona said...

I've loved this book for a long time and recently saw the new cover. It's wonderful! I have many favorites in this book.

Linda B said...

It is a favorite of mine, Carol. I do love that shoe poem! "It isn't your shoe."

Kay said...

Thanks for sharing this collection. It's new to me, too, but one I want to find. I wonder if our library has it on Overdrive?

Ruth said...

I love this book, too! Thank you for sharing these poems!

Michelle Kogan said...

I'll have to go look for "A Maze Me" love her poetry and the poems here that you shared, thanks Carol!

Tabatha said...

Love these!! "Don't miss the bottom of the box."

author amok said...

I have the older edition of this collection. "Every Day" -- such a wonder, and a good reminder to treat each day as a gift.

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Allie Weigh said...

Hello Carol! I really like Naomi Shihab Nye's poetry as well. So much so, that I wrote a choral piece based on "If the Shoe Doesn't Fit". I am sharing the link here in case you want to take a listen. Naomi herself is thrilled about the song. Have a good day. ALlie

Allie Weigh said...

Here is the link!