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.

To Waiting by W.S. Merwin

You spend so much of your time
 expecting to become
 someone else
 always someone
 who will be different
 someone to whom a moment
 whatever moment it may be
 at last has come
 and who has been
 met and transformed
 into no longer being you
 and so has forgotten you

 meanwhile in your life
 you hardly notice
 the world around you
 lights changing
 sirens dying along the buildings
 your eyes intent
 on a sight you do not see yet
 not yet there
 as long as you
 are only yourself

 with whom as you
 recall you were
 never happy
 to be left alone for long

~from Present Company (Copper Canyon Press, 2005)


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