Poem of the week: The Destination by Jane Hirshfield

I wanted something, I wanted. I could not have it.
Irremediable rock of refusal, this world thick with bird song,
tender with starfish and apples.
How calming to say, “Turn right at the second corner,”
and be understood,
and see things arrive as they should at their own destination.
Yet we speak in riddles–
“Turn back at the silence.” “Pass me the mountain.”
To the end we each nod, pretending to understand.

– Jane Hirshfield

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3 Responses to Poem of the week: The Destination by Jane Hirshfield

  1. j.e.glaze says:

    I’ve not read or heard of her, before. I like how she arranges things, and shares in such a simple manner.

    and, hi. : )

    • makinglittlecircle says:

      I haven’t heard of her until my poetry instructor recommended to me. He thought my writing would benefit by reading her work. True enough. Her book “After” blew me away.

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