Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal

Naomi Shihab Nye


With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought, this is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

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I rediscovered this gorgeous poem late this summer after two trips that had me spending disgruntled time in airports with all their chaos and suspicion. It tells a simple story about Continue reading