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  • 1. Making A Fist Naomi Shihab Nye
  • 2. For the first time, on the road north of Tampico,
    • I felt
    • the life sliding out of me,
  • 3. a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear.
  • 4.
    • 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.
  • 5. I begged my mother. We had been traveling for days.
    • "How do you know if you are going to
    Die?”
  • 6. "When you can no longer make a fist."
    • With strange confidence she answered,
  • 7.
    • Years later I
    smile to think of that journey, the borders we must cross separately,
  • 8. stamped with our unanswerable woes .
  • 9. still lying in the backseat behind all my questions, I who did, Not die who am still living,
  • 10.
    • clenching and opening
    one small hand .