"To Opinion: An Assay"
Though I cannot know for certain,
I doubt the singing dolphins have opinions.
This thought of course, is you.
A mosquito's estimation of her meal, however subtle,
is not an opinion. That's my opinion, too.
To think about you is to step into
your arms? a thicket? pitfall?
When you come rising strongly in me, I feel myself grow separate
and more lonely.
Even when others share you, this is so.
Darwin said no fact or description that fails to support an argument can serve.
Myoe wrote: Bright, bright, bright, bright, the moon.
Last night there were whole minutes when you released me.
Ocean ocean ocean was the sound the sand made of the moonlit waves
breaking on it.
I felt no argument with any part of my life.
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.
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