"Whatever direction you turned toward was face to face. / No back of the world existed, / No unseen corner, no test. No other earth to prepare for."
I think I embarrassed myself last night. Oh, T. Why do you have to open your mouth? The Promise 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
Today my parents are celebrating their twenty-ninth year of marriage. I look at them and can't believe they're still fooling themselves. My father's fingers, devoid of a ring. My mother's gaze, unfeeling. Not Yet Jane Hirshfield Morning of buttered toast; of coffee, sweetened,
Lying in bed. Thinking and not thinking. Three Times My Life Has Opened Jane Hirshfield Three times my life has opened. Once, into darkness and rain. Once, into what the body carries at all times within it and starts to remember each time it enters
Beginning again. Hello, August. Da Capo Jane Hirshfield 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,