by Jan Godown Annino

more time immersed in water

meals made without cooking them

less care with my looks

pared schedules





c.  Jan Godown Annino

This summer I’m in the water more than usual, but also,

working with deadlines I didn’t expect.

Below, I’m sharing lines from a poem that feels suited to my writer self, from a poem which I have long-admired by Naomi Shihab Nye, a poet who I have long-admired for more than this one poem.

After her poem, “The Art of Disappearing,” I share links to more about her and also, short poetry from Nye’s students.

The Art of Disappearing

by Naomi Shihab Nye

….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.

Walk around feeling like a leaf.

Know you could tumble any second.

Then decide what to do with your time.

c. Naomi Shihab Nye

For more please see Naomi Shihab Nye

and also, American Academy of Poets

Fourteen years ago Nye brought students to publication in

SALTING THE OCEAN, 100 Poems by Young Poets, 

with perfect illustrations from Ashley Bryan.

If you remember family kerfluffles (usually the grownups) in tight summer quarters, this untitled one from then-student Amy S. A. is for you:

Untitled by Amy S.A.

The sky looks like the ocean.

The flowers smell like perfume.

But nobody’s happy.

c. 2000 Amy S.A.


That should be enough to help the grouchiest cottage-sharing grump

want to go sniff the roses.


Here is an excerpt of one by Karen A.L. from the same collection, in case your summer is sailing away too fast.  


by Karen A.L.

Where does my free time go?

Does it fly off like a shooting star?

What if I don’t use it?

Does it feel neglected?

Or does it understand?

Is it all-encompassing?

Or know give-and-take?

Does it keep an alarm?….

c. 2000 Karen A.L.

POETRY FRIDAY  swims along this week, watched over by Reflections on the Teche.

21 thoughts on “Summer

  1. Beautiful poem by Naomi Shihab Nye (and your poem, as well). My summer has been busy, busy, busy. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy what comes, rather than what’s planned — things that arise, and not only things written down on the to do list.


  2. I featured The Art of Disappearing by Naomi Shihab Nye too several months back. What a powerful poem. Struck a chord within me. “You will never catch up.” 🙂


    • Dear Myra, Am chagrined that I missed it then. Thank you so much for mentioning this additional connection.
      I hope to visit gathering books after some family events of summer, which are rapidly upon me.
      Summer breezes to you.


  3. I’ve loved that Nye poem since a dear friend introduced me to it a few years ago. Thanks for this whole summer picnic of poetry just perfect for the beginning of August! Have a great rest of the summer. :0)


    • It’s a treat to hear from your experience. I’m thinking she must be an empowering reader of her own poetry or that of others. Thank you for sharing & for your kind words. I hope you can visit again.


  4. I just returned from a family vacation to the ocean, & thankfully the house we rent is plenty big. And if one even felt like some ‘alone’ time, there was always the ocean which was wonderful. As others have said, thanks for the intro to Salting The Ocean. Looks like it would be good for teachers to use with their poetry sharing.


  5. Thank you for sharing a plethora of poetry delights, Jan. The poem, Untitled by Amy S.A., captured many camping trips from my childhood. My parents thought tent camping with 10 kids was a good idea. Most of the time, it was not. = )


    • Monica, Thank you for visiting Bookseedstudio & for your kind words.
      I hope you can return here some time.
      SALTING THE OCEAN compiled by Naomi Shihab Nye is a book I’ve enjoyed sharing thru the many years & I hope you can look it up.


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