Paul's Corner: Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab Nye

I Want to Meet the Girl

I want to meet the girl
who does not run her country
the way I do not run my country
I want to meet the girl
who hides in the crowd,
who laughs into her hand,
who was not in the picture.
The girl who stands back
after being introduced
by her parents
in a way she would not choose.

Who turns her head to the side
so she doesn’t miss seeing what’s there.
Where is she?

-- Naomi Shihab Nye