Jane Hirshfield

New York / United States
Jane Hirshfield
New York / United States
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A Person Protests to Fate

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A person protests to fate:

"The things you have caused
me most to want
are those that furthest elude me."

Fate nods.
Fate is sympathetic.

To tie the shoes, button a shirt,
are triumphs
for only the very young,
the very old.

During the long middle:

conjugating a rivet
mastering tango
training the cat to stay off the table
preserving a single moment longer than this one
continuing to wake whatever has happened the day before

and the penmanships love practices inside the body.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: desire
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