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.

Guardian by Gutta

Going forth is no game.
We leave whole lives behind— 
not just people and possessions.

All your wants.

All your fears.

All the little rituals	
that get you through the day
and tuck you in at night.

Only see that all these pretty wooden pieces	
aren’t you—
and don’t belong to you.

they belong to the game.

I know it’s comforting to count up all the squares, 	
run your fingers along the edge of the board,
and plan out all your moves ahead of time.

The world beyond the table only seems dark— 
like empty space.

It’s okay to be afraid.

~ from the first free women, Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns, 
Matty Weingast (Shambhala Publications, 2020)

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