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.

But Come He Will by Linda Stitt

I haven’t got time to be sick any more 
and I’m way too busy to die.
My dance card’s filled for the year ahead 
and I’ve barrels of fish to fry.
There are shelves of books I’ve yet to read 
and a thousand poems to write 
and so many things to think about
they keep me up at night.

There are countless roses to be smelled  
and chocolates to be tasted
and hours and days and months to love
and never a chance is wasted.

I’m reveling in experience,
I’m feeling fit and fine.
When the reaper comes to take me out,  
he’ll have to wait in line.  

~ from Acting My Age (Aeolus House, 2013)


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