Poet Jane Hirshfield said "... the feeling I have about poem-writing (is) that it is always an exploration, of discovering something I didn't already know.  Who I am shifts from moment to moment, year to year.  What I can perceive does as well.  A new poem peers into mystery, into whatever lies just beyond the edge of knowable ground."

I bring a different poem to the writing classes each week, not only to inspire but to introduce new poets to the group members.

Stars by Freya Manfred

What matters most? It's a foolish question because I'm hanging on,
		         
just like you. No, I'm past hanging on. It's after midnight and I'm
falling

toward four a.m., the best time for ghosts, terror, and lost hopes.
 


No one says anything of significance to me. I don't care if the
President's

a two year old, and the Vice President's four. I don't care if you're

cashing in your stocks or building homes for the homeless.
 


I was a caring person. I would make soup and grow you many flowers.

I would enter your world, my hands open to catch your tears,

my lips on your lips in case we both went deaf and blind.
 


But I don't care about your birthday, or Christmas, or lover's lane,

or even you, not as much as I pretend. Ah, I was about to say,


"I don't care about the stars" -- but I had to stop my pen.


Sometimes, out in the silent black Wisconsin countryside

I glance up and see everything that's not on earth, glowing, pulsing,

each star so close to the next and yet so far away.


Oh, the stars. In lines and curves, with fainter, more mysterious

designs beyond, and again, beyond. The longer I look, the more I see,

and the more I see, the deeper the universe grows.



I have a long way to go, and I'm starting now --

out in the silent black Wisconsin countryside.

~ from Swimming with a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle
(Red Dragonfly Press, 2008)


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