Jane Hirshfield, “A Person Protests to Fate” …

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Jane Hirshfield

“A Person Protests to Fate”

 
A person protests to fate:

“The things you have caused
me most to want
are those that furthest elude me.”

Fate nods.
Fate is sympathetic.

To tie the shoes, button a shirt,
are triumphs
for only the very young,
the very old.

During the long middle:

conjugating a rivet
mastering tango
training the cat to stay off the table
preserving a single moment longer than this one
continuing to wake whatever has happened the day before

and the penmanships love practices inside the body.
 
 
 
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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on May 7, 2015.

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