Heart to Heart

Poem: Shoulders by Naomi Shihab Nye


This Saturday, June 15th, SYJ is joining a host of other yoga studio’s around the country in a nationwide yogathon to raise money for St. Jude Research Hospital.  8 hours of yoga, thousands of dollars raised.

Feel free to donate here.

It seems fitting that this week’s chosen poem is Shoulders by Naomi Shihab Nye.

We are big fans of this poet.  Her clear observation of humanity and relationships and love are poignant and commanding.  They command a type of stance on life, on living and on being connected to one another.

We must carry each other.


~Naomi Shihab Nye

A man crosses the street in rain,
stepping gently, looking two times north and south,
because his son is asleep on his shoulder.

No car must splash him.
No car drive too near to his shadow.

This man carries the world’s most sensitive cargo
but he’s not marked.
Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE,

His ear fills up with breathing.
He hears the hum of a boy’s dream
deep inside him.

We’re not going to be able
to live in this world
if we’re not willing to do what he’s doing
with one another.

The road will only be wide.
The rain will never stop falling.

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