Her poetry unearths these truths and provides a place for readers to linger in contemplation. It reflects a Buddhist consciousness,
which Hirshfield sums up in seven short
words: “Everything changes. Everything is
connected. Pay attention.”
Jane Hirshfield will be offering an evening of poetry
at University of California Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures,
Thursday, February 16 at 8:00 PM at Campbell Hall. $15.
To read Jane Hirshfiled’s suggestions for creating
mindful poetry, view this article at Layogaonline.com
Poetry Curator, Jazmine Green, a writer and
poetry lover who has studied poetry at UCLA and
BY JANE HIRSHFIELD
Stay, I said
to the cut flowers.
their heads lower.
Stay, I said to the spider,
embarrassed for me and itself.
Stay, I said to my body.
It sat as a dog does,
obedient for a moment,
soon starting to tremble.
Stay, to the earth
of riverine valley meadows,
of fossiled escarpments,
of limestone and sandstone.
It looked back
with a changing expression,
Stay, I said to my loves.
“The Promise” © Jane Hirshfield, from Come, Thief
(NY: Knopf, 2011), used by permission of Jane Hirshfield.
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