Monday, August 6, 2012

The Morning Reading: "wishing yourself like that"

The Falling

by Jane Hirshfield

You turn towards meteor showers in August,
wishing yourself like that:
bright and burning wholly out.
When feeling finally comes it is
that falling, matter breaking away
from air, the sound
of crickets moving through the grass like fire—
and the strangely twisted metal
in the field that a child finds:
residue, crown.
Then there’s the story of the Chinese sage,
in anger and despair, who cut his body away in pieces,
flung them into the lake.
Each one, becoming finned and whole, swims off.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the August meteor showers.

Wow! What a poem.

Thank you, Lisa.

the other L

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