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.

Conqueror by Jenta

I was forever getting lost,	
until one day the Buddha told me:

To walk this Path,	
you will need seven friends—	
mindfulness, curiosity,
courage, joy,
calm, stillness,
and perspective.

For many years, these friends and I have	
traveled together.

Sometimes wandering in circles.
Sometimes taking the long way around.

There were days when I thought I couldn’t go on.
There were days when I thought I was finally beaten.

It’s scary to give all of yourself to just one thing.
What if you don’t make it?

Oh, my heart.
You don’t have to go it alone.

Train yourself		
to train
a little 
more gently.
~ from the first free women, Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns, 
Matty Weingast (Shambhala Publications, 2020)

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