The Man Whose Voice Has Been Taken From His Throat
remains all supple hands and gesture skin of language fusing its finest seam in fluent light with a raised finger dance of lips each sentence complete he speaks to the shadow of leaves strung tissue paper snipped into delicate flags on which side of the conversation did anyone begin? wearing two skins the brilliant question mark of Mexico stands on its head like an answer
From Red Suitcase. Copyright © 1994 by Naomi Shihab Nye. Published by BOA Editions, Ltd. Used by permission of the publisher.