I admit I’m not a big poetry reader. But there was something about Naomi Shihab Nye’s collection Cast Away: Poems for Our Time that called to me.
How wonderful it is to read the reminder that everyone can do something to help our planet. Everyone has the ability to go out into the world, and at the very least, pick up trash. And everywhere we look, there are stories to be found.
This week I’d like to share just a few of the jewels in this collection:
From “Three Wet Report Cards on Camden Street”:
“feeling great sadness
for the hard work of teachers
filling in so many little boxes
dreary evaluating and judging
when what teachers love best
is that spark of discovery
that great question
the shy person
finally speaking from the stage”
From “Central School”:
“On top of the can right there, a hand-lettered dictionary,
flipped open to the L page, and every
most important word
of life lined up handwritten — Love, Learn, Lose, Laugh —
and thrown away. How could anyone
throw that away? A neat little dictionary —
I took it. Thought about second grade being the
best grade, how the world opened wide in second grade,
and we stood in dignity reciting poems to one another,
Loving Language, and our teacher Mrs. Lane told us,
Don’t worry if you make a mistake. We had Smile Day.”
And my favorite, from “Nothing”:
“Nothing a child
2 thoughts on “Jewels from Cast Away: Poems for Our Time”
Just read your piece and immediately ordered the book from LBPL! Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring lead to a treasure….
Zhita, I hope you enjoy it!