Jane Hirshfield

(New York / United States)

Jane Hirshfield Poems

1. To Judgment: An Assay 12/2/2015
2. The Heat of Autumn 1/22/2016
3. Mosquito 6/23/2015
4. This Was Once a Love Poem 7/3/2015
5. A Person Protests to Fate 5/26/2015
6. My Proteins 6/23/2015
7. Left-Handed Sugar 4/30/2015
8. Mathematics 12/4/2015
9. Tree 5/23/2013
10. A Hand 5/23/2013
11. A Blessing For Wedding 2/3/2015
12. Heat 1/22/2016
13. The Weighing 5/23/2013
14. The Envoy 5/23/2013
15. Metempsychosis 5/23/2013
16. The Task 5/23/2013
17. Da Capo 12/15/2014
18. Standing Deer 5/23/2013
19. The Heart's Counting Knows Only One 5/23/2013
20. Rebus 5/23/2013
21. 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.

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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You work with what you are given,
the red clay of grief,
the black clay of stubbornness going on after.
Clay that tastes of care or carelessness,
clay that smells of the bottoms of rivers or dust.

Each thought is a life you have lived or failed to live,
each word is a dish you have eaten or left on the table.
There are honeys so bitter

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