Happy Valentine’s Day!

San Antonio

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Tonight I lingered over your name,
the delicate assembly of vowels
a voice inside my head.
You were sleeping when I arrived.
I stood by your bed
and watched the sheets rise gently.
I knew what slant of light
would make you turn over.
It was then I felt 
the highways slide out of my hands.
I remembered the old men
in the west side cafe,
dealing dominoes like magical charms.
It was then I knew,
like a woman looking backward,
I could not leave you,
or find anyone I loved more.

About Vasilly

Mother, daughter, sister, college student, bookworm, lover of chocolate and coffee.
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12 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Kailana says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Trish says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever really watched my husband sleep but I do like to spy on my girls every once in a while. πŸ˜‰ Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. iliana says:

    Lovely poem! Happy Valentine’s Day πŸ™‚

  5. Goosebumps! Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Lu says:

    Lovely. Naomi Shihab Nye is perfection.

  7. Megan says:

    I’ll admit poetry is not something I generally get a lot of enjoyment out of, but this poem is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!

  8. Gavin says:

    Thanks for this, Nye is one of my favorites.

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  10. Amy says:

    This is the first time I’ve read this poem. It’s beautiful, I especially like the l last 2 lines.

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