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.

For Old Age by John O'Donohue

May the light of your soul mind you.

May all your worry and anxiousness about your age
be transfigured.

May you be given wisdom for the eyes of your soul
To see this as a time of gracious harvesting.
May you have the passion to heal what has hurt you,
and allow it to come closer and become one with you.

May you have great dignity, 
And a sense of how free you are,
Above all, may you be given the wonderful gift 
Of meeting the eternal light that is within you.

May you be blessed; 
And may you find a wonderful love 
in yourself for yourself.

~from Walking in Wonder, Eternal Wisdom For A Modern World 
(Convergent, 2018)


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