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Naomi Shihab Nye: Trees Gossip with the Birds

        (Gossip Café, Dubai)

No one gets hurt          it’s gentle gossip

Which way the wind is blowing

      How warm or cooling the sea

If we had tree ears   bird voices    we could join in

I’m listening right before I wake up

     Listening when I go to sleep

Human thoughts bounce hard inside the brain

      Palestinian pain       Syrian catastrophe

                so much opulence here

But tree   bird   gossip          floats sweetly

When the orange sun sinks over the AZIZI sign I feel

       the darkening world soaking up all the extra noise

       hope of the sky deeper inside mine

“Trees Gossip with the Birds” from The Tiny Journalist, copyright 2019 by Naomi Shihab Nye, BOA Editions, Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.

The Tiny Journalist can be ordered by clicking here.

Naomi Shihab Nye

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