Category Archives: jane hirshfield

This night, this life.

It sounds like a cliche but I blink and the last eighteen years flew out the door. My son is graduating from high school in less than one month. My daughter is three quarters into her Sophomore year in college. … Continue reading

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Poem of the day

A Person Protests to Fate By Jane Hirshfield, 1953 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 … Continue reading

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Poem for cabin fever: The Promise

The Promise By Jane Hirshfield Stay, I said to the cut flowers. They bowed their heads lower. Stay, I said to the spider, who fled. Stay, leaf. It reddened, embarrassed for me and itself. Stay, I said to my body. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Poetry of Jane

This week I am reading Jane Hirshfield’s poems and came across this poem. This one is for me. It helps me get through what I have been going through. Sometimes there is no turning back. “There,” I keep saying and … Continue reading

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