I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Naomi Shihab Nye has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the International Poetry Forum, and the Texas Institute of Letters. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Before you know what kindness really is / you must lose things, / feel the future dissolve in a moment