Stun by Naomi Shihab Nye
Who's remembering Yemen had the most amazing architecture in the world?
Yeminis remember. No one mentions this on the news. Bomb explodes, bus of schoolchildren. Their glory also unmentioned.
Sometimes I just call out to Dubai. Dubai! I say. If you can build new buildings like that, can't you help us?
We stood in the parking lot of the hospital after Daddy died.
I couldn't remember how to open a car door.
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 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.
from “Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things” by Naomi Shihab Nye