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    Naomi Shihab Nye - One Boy Told Me

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    Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem One Boy Told Me

    One Boy Told Me
    by Naomi Shihab Nye (1952-)

    Music lives inside my legs.
    It's coming out when I talk.

    I'm going to send my valentines
    To people you don't even know.

    Oatmeal cookies make my throat gallop.

    Grown-ups keep their feet on the ground
    When they swing. I hate that.

    Is it true all metal was liquid first?
    Does that mean if we bought our car earlier
    They could have served it
    In a cup?

    What if the clock said 6:92
    Instead of 6:30? Would you be scared?

    My tongue is the car wash
    For the spoon.

    Can noodles swim?

    My toes are dictionaries.
    Do you need any words?

    What does minus mean?
    I never want to minus you.

    Just think — no one has ever seen
    Inside this peanut before!

    It is hard being a person.

    I do and don't love you —
    Isn't that happiness?