Friday, October 23, 2009

Poetry Friday: "Wealth"

Publishing salaries are, in a word, woeful. But by the standards of wonderful contemporary children's poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, I'm wealthy and then some--in fact, I'd say I'm quite probably a millionaire! I hope you can say the same.
(P.S. Isn't the line that reads, "Her life starts everywhere" just exquisite?)

Naomi Shihab Nye

Who's rich?
The boy with a book he hasn't read yet.
The girl with a tower of books by her bed.
She opens and opens and opens.
Her life starts everywhere.

Who's rich?
Anyone befriended again and again by a well-loved book.

This is a wealth
we never lose.


  1. This is great. I definitely love that line, "Her life starts everywhere." It could not be more true.

  2. I got a shiver. Oh yes!