Making A Fist

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Making A Fist

  1. 1. Making A Fist Naomi Shihab Nye
  2. 2. For the first time, on the road north of Tampico, <ul><li>I felt </li></ul><ul><li>the life sliding out of me, </li></ul>
  3. 3. a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear.
  4. 4. <ul><li>I was seven, I lay in the car watching palm trees swirl a sickening pattern past the glass. My stomach was a melon split wide inside my skin. </li></ul>
  5. 5. I begged my mother. We had been traveling for days. <ul><li>&quot;How do you know if you are going to </li></ul>Die?”
  6. 6. &quot;When you can no longer make a fist.&quot; <ul><li>With strange confidence she answered, </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Years later I </li></ul>smile to think of that journey, the borders we must cross separately,
  8. 8. stamped with our unanswerable woes .
  9. 9. still lying in the backseat behind all my questions, I who did, Not die who am still living,
  10. 10. <ul><li>clenching and opening </li></ul>one small hand .

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