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.

Shadow by Naomi Shihab Nye

Some people feel lost inside their days. 
Always waiting for worse to happen. 
They make bets with destiny. 
My funniest uncle gave up cursing bad words 
inside his head. He says he succeeded 
one whole hour. He tried to unsubscribe to 
the universe made by people. He slept outside 
by himself on top of the hill. 

When Facebook says I have “followers”— 
I hope they know I need their help. 
Subscribe to plants, animals, stars, 
music, the baby who can’t walk yet but 
stands up holding on to the sides of things, 
tables, chairs, and takes a few clumsy steps, 
then sits down hard. This is how we live.

~ from The Tiny Journalist (BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019)


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