Jane Hirshfield

(New York / United States)

Jane Hirshfield Poems

1. Left-Handed Sugar 4/30/2015
2. A Person Protests to Fate 5/26/2015
3. My Proteins 6/23/2015
4. Mosquito 6/23/2015
5. This Was Once a Love Poem 7/3/2015
6. To Judgment: An Assay 12/2/2015
7. Mathematics 12/4/2015
8. The Heat of Autumn 1/22/2016
9. Heat 1/22/2016
10. Tree 5/23/2013
11. Rebus 5/23/2013
12. Standing Deer 5/23/2013
13. Da Capo 12/15/2014
14. A Hand 5/23/2013
15. A Blessing For Wedding 2/3/2015
16. The Weighing 5/23/2013
17. The Envoy 5/23/2013
18. Metempsychosis 5/23/2013
19. The Task 5/23/2013
20. The Heart's Counting Knows Only One 5/23/2013
21. Changing Everything 9/12/2014
Best Poem of Jane Hirshfield

Changing Everything

I was walking again
in the woods,
a yellow light
was sifting all I saw.

with a cold heart,
I took a stick,
lifted it to the opposite side
of the path.

There, I said to myself,
that's done now.
Brushing one hand against the other,
to clean them
of the tiny fragments of bark.

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Some stories last many centuries,
others only a moment.
All alter over that lifetime like beach-glass,
grow distant and more beautiful with salt.

Yet even today, to look at a tree
and ask the story Who are you? is to be transformed.

There is a stage in us where each being, each thing, is a mirror.

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