The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
Albert Einstein

This month’s prompt was challenging: What did your day look like when you got home from school?

I am most certain that it would bring no benefit to anyone and most especially me to go back and recall what my day looked like when I got home from school.


I visited my library on Friday and picked up a book of Naomi Shihab Nye’s poems: Fuel

And of course she had the answer for me… (because doesn’t poetry always?!)


by Naomi Shihab Nye

She is holding the book close to her body,
carrying it home on the cracked sidewalk,
down the tangled hill.
If a dog runs at her again, she will use the book as a shield.

She looked hard among the long lines
of books to find this one.
When they start talking about money,
when the day contains such long and hot places,
she will go inside.
An orange bed is waiting.
Story without corners.
She will have two families.
They will eat at different hours.

She is carrying a book past the fire station
and the five-and-dime.
What this town has not given her
the book will provide; a sheep,
a wilderness of new solutions.
The book has already lived through its troubles.
The book has a calm cover, a straight spine.

When the step returns to itself
as the best place for sitting,
the old men up and down the street
are latching their clippers,

she will not be alone.
She will have a book to open
and open and open.
Her life starts here.

Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things by Naomi Shihab Nye © 1998 from Fuel published by BOA Editions, Ltd.

See you all back here on Wednesday!

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