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.

ADRIFT by Mark Nepo

Everything is beautiful and I am so sad.
This is how the heart makes a duet of
Wonder and grief. the light spraying
Through the lace of fern is as delicate
As the rivers of memory forming their web
Around the knot in my throat. The breeze
Makes the birds move from branch to branch
As this ache makes me look for those I’ve lost
In the next room, in the next song, in the laugh
Of the next stranger. In the very Center, under
It all, what we have that no one can take
Away and all that we’ve lost face each other.
It is there that I’m adrift, feeling punctured
By a holiness that exists inside everything.
I am so sad and everything is beautiful.

~ From Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching 
Wholeness, (Sounds True, 2016)


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