Boy and Egg

Naomi Shihab Nye

Boy and Egg

By Naomi Shihab Nye

Every few minutes, he wants

to march the trail of flattened rye grass

back to the house of muttering

hens. He too could make

a bed in hay. Yesterday the egg so fresh

it felt hot in his hand and he pressed it

to his ear while the other children

laughed and ran with a ball, leaving him,

so little yet, too forgetful in games,

ready to cry if the ball brushed him,

riveted to the secret of birds

caught up inside his fist,

not ready to give it over

to the refrigerator

or the rest of the day.

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Critical Acclaim

About her work, the poet William Stafford has said, “her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life.”

"Boy and Egg" Theme

"The poem "Boy and Egg" is a literary work written by Naomi Shihab Nye, which deals with themes of character´s internal struggles and isolation...The boy, in the case of "Boy and Egg", appears trapped by several factors, such as the social environment that surrounds him and his emotional struggles."