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The Art of Disappearing

Author: Naomi Shihab Nye

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When they say Don't I know you?
say no.

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Mrs. Dawn Reed (Apr 12 2015 7:33PM) : I appreciate that this poem challenges readers to think about ways in which we might not "typically" or "normally" respond to others...that is, if we are used to saying yes.
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When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
before answering.
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
Then reply.

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If they say We should get together
say why?

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It's not that you don't love them anymore.
You're trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished.

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Karen Fasimpaur (Apr 15 2015 8:34PM) : a new project more

I love this! It is (always) true and provides a reminder to yourself as well as an answer to others about why you can’t say yes to everything.

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When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When someone you haven't seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don't start singing him all your new songs.
You will never catch up.

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Walk around feeling like a leaf.
Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.

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Karen Fasimpaur (Apr 15 2015 8:34PM) : what to do with your time more

Everyone has the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How we choose to spend it is just that – a choice.

"The Art of Disappearing" by Naomi Shihab Nye from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. © The Eighth Mountain Press.

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Mrs. Dawn Reed (Apr 12 2015 7:34PM) : I appreciate that this poem challenges the reader to think about owning and appreciating our time for whatever we want it for, instead of obligations.
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