Thursday, October 20, 2011

Letting Regret Go

Autumn Quince

How sad they are,
the promises we never return to.
They stay in our mouths,
roughen the tongue, lead lives of their own.
Houses built and unwittingly lived in;
a succession of milk bottles brought to the door
every morning and taken inside.

And which one is real?
The music in the composer's ear
or the lapsed piece the orchestra plays?
The world is a blurred version of itself—
marred, lovely, and flawed.
It is enough.

—Jane Hirshfield

And tasting the quince of autumn helps...

image:  Quince Trio, Flypapertextures

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