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.

A Field Can Bloom by Rumi

Talking can be sweet.  A field can bloom in your	
eyes when sharing words with the right person.

An invisible effulgence wafts out from a heart 
that is happy.  That is an oxygen to us.
In some cities, smoke stacks pollute the air and 	
harm the lungs of many creatures.

A good song fills our chests too, but can have	
the opposite effect—everything it touches
may be better of.

There is a governor of every region of space,	 	
a divine agent; he or she may remain hidden,
but their business is your soul, as it is mine.

Words can fertilize space now and then; don’t	
deny yourself becoming enriched.

Find some ears that love the touch of your	
sounds, and you theirs.

~ from The Purity of Desire, 100 Poems of Rumi, translated by 
Daniel Ladinsky with Nancy Owen Barton (Penguin Books, 2012)


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