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.

Wisdom by James Bertolino

“I wake up like a stray dog
belonging to no one.”  ~ Jack Gilbert

Some days I don’t want wisdom, 
don’t want art, just need to have someone near
to hear my silences, my large and little

noise.  Never asked to be alone.
I’d take something as shallow as affection, 
someone to ask me anything.  Someone

to love me a chance to answer.  I mean give me  
a chance to give.  A poet I was
wrote that when a love dies you carry

a heavy rock until you can’t
anymore and then mark where 
you set it down.  This is called 

“Carrying the Stone.”  What a poet does 
is carry his mark.  I’ve said we draw nectar
from the fractures but I know

that’s a lie.  All love is one love
is another.  I don’t want all love, 
I want hers.  But I’d take anything 

as deep as her hands dipped in my shallows.
If someone touches you are not alone.  
Take wisdom.  I need someone near.

~ from James Bertolino Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000)


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