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.

One String by Mark Nepo

I am so busy at times
trying to make it all
worthwhile, that I am
stunned at how easily the
whole of life speaks to me,
when music I’ve never heard
or a truth I never understood
plucks the one string I carry
deep within.

I only want that string pluck-
ed and yet, it stays in a place
only suffering or surrender
can open.

Still, violins in minor keys
make me swallow my fear
and herons flying into
the end of a long day
make me wish I’d led
a more peaceful life.

~ from Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions  2013)


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