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Half-And-Half Analysis

Author: poem of Naomi Shihab Nye Type: poem Views: 13

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You can't be, says a Palestinian Christian

on the first feast day after Ramadan.

So, half-and-half and half-and-half.

He sells glass.  He knows about broken bits,

chips.  If you love Jesus you can't love

anyone else.  Says he.

At his stall of blue pitchers on the Via Dolorosa,

he's sweeping.  The rubbed stones

feel holy.  Dusting of powdered sugar

across faces of date-stuffed mamool.

This morning we lit the slim white candles

which bend over at the waist by noon.

For once the priests weren't fighting

in the church for the best spots to stand.

As a boy, my father listened to them fight.

This is partly why he prays in no language

but his own.  Why I press my lips

to every exception.

A woman opens a window—here and here and here—

placing a vase of blue flowers

on an orange cloth.  I follow her.

She is making a soup from what she had left

in the bowl, the shriveled garlic and bent bean.

She is leaving nothing out.

Submitted by R. Joyce Heon


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Amrmagedon is aproching but jesus doesn't know whether to kill using a futuristic lazer or a sword so he poses as a sad autistic boy who watches preist fight and a lady get eaten by bigfoot

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest

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this is about some people fighting until jesus cries and tells them to stop. the man does stop but the lady doesnt so she goes to hell

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest

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