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.

Animal Being by Mark Nepo

Because we dream and want and carry on,
we think we're exempt. We think we're
above working the Earth on all fours.

We often miss the point. A bear may feel like a hummingbird the moment he catches a salmon, but his paws are still paws.
As for me, I feel like a horse chasing birds that cross the sky. When they fly out of view, I know I'm a hawk born as a horse. All poets are. A tangle of wings and hooves. Trying to run in the sky and fly on Earth.
So it's useless to pine for your lover to be delicate, if she's really a cheetah. Or for your mother to see clearly, if her path is that of a bat.
It doesn't mean we can't try. Just that we work with what we're given. ~ from Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions 2013)


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