Treasure Island

Jane Hirshfield

(New York / United States)

Poems of Jane Hirshfield

1. A Hand 5/23/2013
2. Metempsychosis 5/23/2013
3. Rebus 5/23/2013
4. Standing Deer 5/23/2013
5. The Envoy 5/23/2013
6. The Heart's Counting Knows Only One 5/23/2013
7. The Task 5/23/2013
8. The Weighing 5/23/2013
9. Tree 5/23/2013

Rebus

You work with what you are given,
the red clay of grief,
the black clay of stubbornness going on after.
Clay that tastes of care or carelessness,
clay that smells of the bottoms of rivers or dust.

Each thought is a life you have lived or failed to live,
each word is a dish you have eaten or left on the table.
There are honeys so bitter

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