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.

Travelling Light by Kirsti Simonsuuri

It’s as though I saw it all
diminished to the core 
the whole day to a minute 
the suitcase to a book
the long conversation to a work
looks of longing to a smile
and hopeless choice to what must be
it is so light, so clear
I want nothing more anymore 
    only wind stroking waves
    onto a distant shore

~ from What Have You Lost?  Edited by Naomi Shihab Nye
(A Greenwillow Book, HarperCollins, 1999)


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