July Poem of the Month: Fresh

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Poet Naomi Shihab Nye

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye


 To move
Needing to be
nowhere else.
Wanting nothing
from any store.
To lift something
you already had
and set it down in
a new place.
Awakened eye
seeing freshly.
What does that do to
the old blood moving through
its channels?

–Naomi Shihab Nye

(c) material used for educational purposes.



Journal Prompts

  • Cluster the word “fresh.” Write a synthesis when you’re done.
  • Write about a time you started fresh. To increase immediacy and impact, write in the present tense.
  • Where in your life would you like a fresh start? Imagine the view from this place. What is different?
  • What is one project, belief, behavior, attitude that you could start freshly this month?
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