"Possibility: An Assay"

"Possibility: An Assay"

"Possibility: An Assay"

A weekly poem, read by the author.
Jan. 25 2005 9:08 AM

"Possibility: An Assay"

Listen to Jane Hirshfield reading this poem. Again I looked out the window. All around me, the morning still dark.

The mountain's outline there, but not the mountain.

Then a neighbor's facing plate-glass filled
with the colors, acute and tender, of a Flemish painting.
Corals, blues.

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Which seemed to be a preview of the future but were,
I knew,
this moment simply looking elsewhere,
like a woman who has wept for weeks who realizes
that she is also hungry.

Jane Hirshfield's sixth book of poetry, After, was named a "best book of 2006" by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Financial Times.