Paul's Corner: Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Your Face Makes Me Feel Like a Lighthouse

Your face makes me feel like a lighthouse
beaming across waves.
We don't even know one another,
yet each day I am looking for your face.
Walking slowly among tables, I balance my tray,
glancing to the side.
You're not here today.
Are you sick?
Why are you absent?
And why, among all these faces,
is there only one I want to see?
Whatever the reason
Your absence is not excused
by me.

-- Naomi Shihab Nye