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Naomi Shihab Nye: To Netanyahu

My Palestinian father named his donkey after you.

Yahu—everyone thought it was for the Internet,

but he knew. Now I think he insulted the donkey.


The donkey was friends with a horse, in a field.

They didn’t have much, but they shared it.

Pink flowers in spring—neither of them

tried to rule the field.


Your army just bombed a U.N. center for refugees.

Gaza, imprisoned in poverty for decades—

take that! More blood for supper.


Years since my father died,

his donkey still stands quietly

gazing from enormous eyes,

hanging his humble head.

“To Netanyahu” 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.

6 comments on “Naomi Shihab Nye: To Netanyahu

  1. Randy Markey
    August 22, 2019

    Oh Naomi….so beautiful so sad…so funny (in a sad and sad way). Can’t wait to see you. Aziz would be so proud…of course…and I agree…the donkey was..how you say…over named…x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel (Aotearoa, New Zealand).
    August 21, 2019

    Brilliant, beautiful, poignant, your Dad sounds like mine!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Will
    August 19, 2019

    so evocative, with tears and hope both from the heart

    Liked by 1 person

  4. chucktaylorauthor
    August 16, 2019

    A sad, but great, poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jfrobb
    August 16, 2019

    Help! Even worse, your comment system is not registering for Naomi  Shihab Nye’s (sadly) just rightpoem. Please fix this so we can ‘vote’ w/ our clicks. – JRobb

    Liked by 1 person

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