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Jane Hirshfield

New York / United States
Jane Hirshfield
New York / United States
Monday, December 15, 2014

Da Capo

Rating: 4.0
Take the used-up heart like a pebble
and throw it far out.

Soon there is nothing left.
Soon the last ripple exhausts itself
in the weeds.

Returning home, slice carrots, onions, celery.
Glaze them in oil before adding
the lentils, water, and herbs.

Then the roasted chestnuts, a little pepper, the salt.
Finish with goat cheese and parsley. Eat.

You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted.
Begin again the story of your life.
Jane Hirshfield
Topic(s) of this poem: food
COMMENTS
Gunturu Lakshminarasaiah 30 January 2017
The poem advocates the need for the regular renewal of life
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Stephen Loomes 27 August 2016
The comfort of food; . stone thrown, cooking alone; ripples lost in the reeds, re-emerging in your words
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Fabrizio Frosini 07 March 2016
''da capo'' it's Italian for: over again / afresh / begins anew.. also used with the meaning: ''andare a capo'' = start a new line Begin again the story of your life = ricomincia la storia della tua vita
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