- Gray Road North to Shenzhen, and: On the Old Back Canal Road by the International Hotel, Guangzhou
gray road north to shenzhen
Stretching, stretching.Sober pavement, factories, a fog of skyscrapers,looming gray clouds. Not one moving humanvisible outside. How loud the loneliness of workersabandoning villages for the long shifts,brief breaks, stark apartmentswhere their second pair of gray pants waits.
on the old back canal road by the international hotel, guangzhou
She is hereShe is always hereInvisible makes her more hereThunderstruckWondrousInside her I was so delicately constructedNow she resides in meAround meWe live togetherWhere the old water weaves between brick channelsStacked livesLaundry strung from balconiesTiny geraniums popping red yesesSomewhere a radio playing a very old songNow sung by the air [End Page 84]
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of many books of poems, including Transfer (2011); You and Yours (2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; and 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (2002). She has been a Lannan, Guggenheim, and Witter Bynner Fellow. She served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2010 to 2015.