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.

We Have a Beautiful Mother by Alice Walker

We have a beautiful
mother 
Her hills 
are buffaloes 
Her buffaloes 
hills. 

We have a beautiful 
mother 
Her oceans 
are wombs 
Her wombs 
oceans. 

We have a beautiful 
mother 
Her teeth 
the white stones 
at the edge 
of the water 
the summer 
grasses 
her plentiful 
hair. 

We have a beautiful 
mother 
Her green lap 
immense 
Her brown embrace 
eternal 
Her blue body 
everything we know.

~ Her Blue Body Everything We Know (Harcourt Brace & Company, 1991)


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