Jane Hirshfield

(New York / United States)

Jane Hirshfield Poems

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

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 Envoy

One day in that room, a small rat.
Two days later, a snake.

Who, seeing me enter,
whipped the long stripe of his
body under the bed,
then curled like a docile house-pet.

I don't know how either came or left.

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