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Jane Hirshfield’s poem, “Falcon,” appears in Michigan Quarterly Review‘s Summer 2019 issue.


Incapable of betrayal: a tree.

Incapable of holding a secret: a stone.

Without contempt for self or other:
an ant, a bee.

Today I and the unhooded bird
that sits on my head
are looking in different directions,
I into the blurring past, he into the blurring future.

How many other pasts and futures
between and around us, we miss.

Incapable of ungenerosity: grass.

Without obligation: mosquitoes.

How close to human
must the breathed-in air come
before it develops a sense of shame or humor?

Each day the falcon’s view a little clearer.


Purchase Michigan Quarterly Review‘s Summer 2019 issue, here.


 

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