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[We have but] One Life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities
Missing the Boat
by Naomi Shihab-Nye
It is not so much that the boat passed
and you failed to notice it.
It is more like the boat stopping
directly outside your bedroom window,
the captain blowing the signal-horn,
the band playing a rousing march.
The boat shouted, waving bright flags,
its silver hull blinding in the sunlight.
But you had this idea you were going by train.
You kept checking the time-table,
digging for tracks.
And the boat got tired of you,
so tired it pulled up the anchor
and raised the ramp.
The boat bobbed into the distance,
shrinking like a toy—
at which point you probably realized
you had always loved the sea.
I bought Where the Sidewalk Ends for my daughter on her 4th birthday. Tonight, we read several of the poems before bed. While, at this age, she was more interested in the boy who turned into a TV set, the following is the one that I will read to her again and again…
Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.
i’ve been feeling nostalgic lately. the 20 year reunion. the loss of my father. the birth of my son. all are swirling around in me and about me. awakening more self-consciously introspective parts of me. the me i identify most closely with as the “real” me (though it is all me). a person who existed in those times when i had more selfish time. time to be alone with my thoughts. days of less obligation. days of naivete.