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.

Holding the Light by Stuart Kestenbaum

Gather up whatever is  
glittering in the gutter, 
whatever has tumbled  
in the waves or fallen  
in flames out of the sky, 

for it’s not only our 
hearts that are broken,  
but the heart 
of the world as well. 
Stitch it back together.  

Make a place where 
the day speaks to the night 
and the earth speaks to the sky. 
Whether we created God 
or God created us 

it all comes down to this: 
In our imperfect world 
we are meant to repair 
and stitch together  
what beauty there is, stitch it 

with compassion and wire.  
See how everything  
we have made gathers  
the light inside itself 
and overflows? A blessing. 

~ From Only Now (Deerbrook Editions, 2013)


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