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.

A Day Comes by Jane Hirshfield

A day comes 
when the mouth grows tired 
of saying “I.”

Yet it is occupied 
still by a self which must speak. 
Which still desires, is curious. 
Which believes it has also a right.

What to do?

The tongue consults with the teeth 
it knows will survive 
both mouth and self,

which grin—it is their natural pose— 
and say nothing.

~ from After, Poems (HarperCollins, 2006)


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