Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Calm

A fine, calm poem, about new beginnings, toward the end of another month and year.

Da Capo

Take the used-up heart like a pebble
and throw it far out.

Soon there is nothing left.
Soon the last ripple exhausts itself
in the weeds.

Returning home, slice carrots, onions, celery.
Glaze them in oil before adding
the lentils, water, and herbs.

Then the roasted chestnuts, a little pepper, the salt.
Finish with goat cheese and parsley. Eat.

You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted.
Begin again the story of your life.

—Jane Hirschfield

image:  Christie B. Cochrell, Still Life

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