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?