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.

Kitch & Talk by Zara Suleman

Four generations	
of women sitting in the 	
kitchen
the smells of cumin,
mustard seeds, onions,
turmeric, and saffron
simmer in the background
the cosy feeling of
warmth rises from
the hot cups of tea 
before them
they are talking about
how it used to be
how it was, and
what would happen?
In my day says
one woman in Kuchi
when we were young
says one woman in Gujarati
my daughter doesn’t 
understand, says one
woman in Urdu
I do understand says
the woman in English
blends of spices and scents
flavours in the air mix
with ages of conversation
poetic almost,
memorable moments, 
forgotten times,
thoughtful comments,
hopeful futures.

~ from Aurat Durbar, Writings by Women of South Asian Origin, 
edited by Fauzia Rafiq (Second Story Press, 1995)


website contents © copyright 2017 by Sharon Singer
with the exception of 'poems of the week' where © copyright remains with the poets or their publishers