A Maze Me

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/28/2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Life is a tangle of twisting paths. Some short. Some long. There are dead ends. And there are choices. And wrong turns, and detours, and yield signs, and instruction booklets, and star maps, and happiness, and loneliness. And friends. And sisters. And love. And poetry.Life is a maze. You are a maze. Amazed. And amazing.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Big Head
Rosep. 11
Mysteryp. 13
Ringingp. 14
Toys on the Planet Earthp. 16
Every Cat Has a Storyp. 17
Visiting My Old Kindergarten Teacher...p. 18
Worryp. 19
The Boysp. 20
Where Are You?p. 21
Ellipsep. 22
Big Head, Big Facep. 23
Supple Cordp. 24
Every Dayp. 25
The Bucketp. 26
Little Chairp. 27
Secret Hum
Secretp. 33
Some Daysp. 34
Eyep. 35
I Want to Meet the Girlp. 36
In the School Cafeteriap. 37
Crushp. 38
Where He Isp. 39
Groups of People Going Places Togetherp. 40
Sifterp. 42
I Said to Dana's Motherp. 44
Because of Poemsp. 45
Having Forgotten to Bring a Book...p. 46
If the Shoe Doesn't Fitp. 47
On the Same Day My Parents Were Arguingp. 48
Changedp. 49
Hairdop. 50
Message in the Thin Wind Before Bedtimep. 51
High Hopesp. 52
Bad Dreamp. 53
Magical Geography
People I Admirep. 57
My Body Is a Mysteryp. 58
Feeling Wisep. 60
Sometimes I Pretendp. 61
Poor Mondayp. 62
Watermelon Truckp. 63
Margaretp. 64
My Sad Auntp. 65
The Listp. 66
You're Welcome!p. 67
Moving Housep. 68
Making a Mosaicp. 70
Necklacep. 72
From Labrador, 1800sp. 74
Sweet Dreams Please
Historical Markerp. 79
Baby-sitting Should Not Be Calledp. 80
Abandoned Homestead...p. 82
Turtlep. 83
Little Blanco Riverp. 84
The Bird Posep. 85
Meteor Watchp. 86
Writing in a Silop. 88
Finding a Pink Ribbon...p. 90
Bird in Handp. 91
The Word PEACEp. 92
To the Tree Frogs Outside the Windowp. 94
Messages from Everywherep. 95
Something True
Day After Halloween, Jack-o'-Lantern Candle...p. 99
What Travel Doesp. 100
Abandoned Post Office, Big Bendp. 102
Learning to Talkp. 104
Over the Weatherp. 106
On the Sunset Limited Trainp. 107
Across the Aislep. 108
Mona's Tacop. 110
A Way Aroundp. 111
To My Texas Handbookp. 112
Thoughts That Came in Floatingp. 113
Index of First Linesp. 116
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A Maze Me
Poems for Girls


A very large spider
wove her fancy web
between the Don Juan rosebush
and the Queen's Crown vine.
We greeted her every day
going in and out.
We had so many destinations
but she just swung there
in the air
in the day's long stare
that grows so hot by four o'clock
we boycott the whole front yard.
By evening we'd be outside again
breathing jasmine
watering honeysuckle
plucking mint
and she'd be wrapping
her little flies and wasps
in sticky sacks.
The trolley rang its bell at us
and we waved back.
It was nice living with Rose.
Living our different lives
side by side.
One night wild thunder
shook the trees,
the sky crackled and split,
the winds blew hard
and by morning
Rose was gone.
Did she wash away?
Did she find a safer home?
She keeps spinning her elegant web
inside us
so long
so long
after the light made it shine.

A Maze Me
Poems for Girls
. Copyright © by Naomi Nye. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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