Happy Friday! I’m excited to share a new poetry collection by Naomi Shihab Nye, which I discovered in our poetry section. The Tiny Journalist features poems inspired by Janna, a young girl who posts on Facebook her experiences in her war-torn Palestinian country. Janna has been documenting what’s happening in her country at the early age of 7, using her mother’s phone. If this sounds familiar, you might be thinking of Bana al-Abed, who tweets daily from Aleppo in Syria.
Inspired by Janna’s courage and her father’s spirit, Nye offers a collection of poems that illustrate the war that divides us. The Tiny Journalist is No. 170 of the American Poets Continuum Series. Below are two poems taken from said anthology.
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Many thanks to Amy at The Poem Farm for hosting today’s Poetry Friday round-up!
Sometimes There Is a Day
Sometimes there is a day you just want
to get so far away from.
Feel it shrink inside you like an island,
as if you were on a boat.
Then, maybe, no more fighting
about land. I want that day to feel
as if it never happened, when Ahmad was burned,
when people were killed, when my cousin was shot.
The day someone went to jail
is not a day that shines.
I want to have a clear mind again,
as a baby who stares at the light
wisping through the window and thinks,
you would have
to have lived
a different kind