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.

Trust by Thomas R. Smith

It's like so many other things in life 					                     
to which you must say no or yes.				          
So you take your car to the new mechanic.  				     
Sometimes the best thing to do is trust.

The package left with the disreputable-looking 				   
clerk, the check gulped by the night deposit, 				                
the envelope passed by dozens of strangers-- 					       
all show up at their intended destinations.

The theft that could have happened doesn't.					 
Wind finally gets where it was going 					          
through the snowy trees, and the river, even 					 
when frozen, arrives at the right place. 

And sometimes you sense how faithfully your life 			                   
is delivered, even though you can't read the address.

~ from Waking Before Dawn (Red Dragonfly Press, 2006)


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