Jane Hirshfield

(New York / United States)

Jane Hirshfield Poems

1. A Person Protests to Fate 5/26/2015
2. My Proteins 6/23/2015
3. Mosquito 6/23/2015
4. This Was Once a Love Poem 7/3/2015
5. Left-Handed Sugar 4/30/2015
6. Da Capo 12/15/2014
7. Rebus 5/23/2013
8. Standing Deer 5/23/2013
9. A Hand 5/23/2013
10. Tree 5/23/2013
11. The Heart's Counting Knows Only One 5/23/2013
12. A Blessing For Wedding 2/3/2015
13. The Task 5/23/2013
14. The Weighing 5/23/2013
15. The Envoy 5/23/2013
16. Metempsychosis 5/23/2013
17. Changing Everything 9/12/2014
Best Poem of Jane Hirshfield

Changing Everything

I was walking again
in the woods,
a yellow light
was sifting all I saw.

Willfully,
with a cold heart,
I took a stick,
lifted it to the opposite side
of the path.

There, I said to myself,
that's done now.
Brushing one hand against the other,
to clean them
of the tiny fragments of bark.

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The Task

It is a simple garment, this slipped-on world.
We wake into it daily - open eyes, braid hair -
a robe unfurled
in rose-silk flowering, then laid bare.

And yes, it is a simple enough task
we've taken on,
though also vast:
from dusk to dawn,

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