Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age Poetry Friday Reading Themes

[Poetry Friday] The Art of Disappearing by Naomi Shihab Nye

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Myra here.

I am glad to join Poetry Friday once more this week. The poems that we will be sharing in the coming weeks are in keeping with our current bimonthly theme for July/August: Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age. The host this week is the lovely Jone from Check it Out. Do check out the round-up, folks, and spend your Friday evening with us.


Despite this theme (or perhaps even because of it), my poem selection this week do not dwell so much on the loss itself. I have  read a few young adult novels lately where I find the teenagers too sappy and quite whiny when it comes to their lost loves, making me impatient about their process of moving on.

Naturally, I turn to Naomi Shihab Nye and her wisdom woven through cryptic codes and phrases. I am glad to have found this poem. It spoke to me. Here’s to mastering this art and conquering heartbreak. It’s a luxury most people can not afford to have.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

8 comments on “[Poetry Friday] The Art of Disappearing by Naomi Shihab Nye

  1. I know it, but love seeing it again, Myra, and those reminders of what is important, like being on the beach, right? Thanks for the beauty of Naomi Nye’s words!


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  3. Hadn’t read this before. I’m going to share this with my oldest; I think it will resonate with her. Thanks, Myra.


  4. Wow. I love it. It makes me feel better about all the times I say no thank you and turn into a cabbage.


  5. Oh my, another one for my bulletin board. The art of disappearing… not unlike learning the art of saying no, but more fun and the slightly mysterious. The last three lines stopped me in my tracks. Now I’m off to practice my cabbage act!


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