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.

Addictions Counselor by Fran Markover

       for my clients

Sometimes, when healing words escape
I think of the gray squirrel who muscled
from the office chimney.
Whose sooty head poked through the pie plate hole
where my wood stove had stood.
The animal transfixed, my client
jumping from a chair, her story interrupted—
mother inaccessible, unfulfilled,
a daughter’s bottled angst, black-out nights.
Later, I read Addictions Professional,
of White Ladies, Red Devils, Angels’ Dust.
How each patient climbs from a different darkness.
I think of the squirrel who clawed his way
from the amazement of my building
as if he could grasp hunger, bottom, ascent—
bury the nuggets for winter’s stash.
How I chased him from room to room.
Easy Does It. Let Go. Surrender. 
Swing wide the blessed door.

~ from Rattle #34, Winter 2010, Tribute to Mental Health Workers


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