Jane Hirshfield

(New York / United States)

Jane Hirshfield Poems

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

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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