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.

Ghazal (For William Stafford) By David Keefe

I will follow my master and in the soft quiet
become a morning poet.

Listening to the world, all its questions
between today and tomorrow.

For a match starts a fire, a shout to a mountain
sometimes starts an avalanche.

The grey line of the road ahead embraces us;
yet we can still be lost in our own life.

When many people offer to be your guide,
perhaps it is because your father couldn’t reach you.

~ from What have you lost?  (HarperCollins, Greenwillow Books, 1999)

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