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.

Dawn Revisited by Rita Dove

Imagine you wake up
with a second chance: The blue jay
hawks his pretty wares
and the oak still stands, spreading
glorious shade. If you don't look back, 
 
the future never happens. 
How good to rise in sunlight, 
in the prodigal smell of biscuits -
eggs and sausage on the grill. 
The whole sky is yours
 
to write on, blown open 
to a blank page. Come on, 
shake a leg! You'll never know
who's down there, frying those eggs, 
if you don't get up and see. 

~ From On the Bus with Rosa Parks (W W Norton & Co. Inc, 1999)


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