Book: Poems. Topics: Poems Summary , Poetry. The title contributes, to us readers as it shows, that we are alive and strong as long as we can still make a fist. The person speaking in this poem is speaking to her daughter after a long car ride of days and days, maybe even weeks. Her mother Is Glenn her comfort and reassuring her that even though people go through obstacles, you need to be strong enough to go through many aspects In life to bring happiness. And Just tells her if you can still make a fist you are still alive.
Poem of the week: Making a Fist by Naomi Shihab Nye
“Making a Fist” by Naomi Shihab Nye – Words for the Year
For the first time, on the road north of Tampico, I felt the life sliding out of me, a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear. 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. We had been traveling for days. With strange confidence she answered, "When you can no longer make a fist. Years later I smile to think of that journey, the borders we must cross separately, stamped with our unanswerable woes.
“Making a Fist” by Naomi Shihab Nye
First, let me say Naomi Shihab Nye is one of my favorite poets, and she does so much for education! What does it look like to make a fist? Make one now! The first in the air is a sign of solidarity or power. But first, you could listen to Nye read the whole poem here.
Please refresh the page and retry. This week: feelings of parental inadequacy. There is a feeling of safety that comes with being a child in the back seat of the car.