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.

Praise and Blame by Jack Kornfield

Praise and blame,
Gain and loss,
Pleasure and sorrow
Come and go like the wind.
To be happy,
Rest like a great tree
In the midst of them all.

~ from Buddha’s Little Instruction Book (Bantam, 1994)

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