Jane Hirschfield
from Given Sugar, Given Salt
HarperCollins: New York, 2001, 88pp.; $24 (cloth)

Metapsychosis

Some stories last many centuries,
others only a moment.
All alter over that lifetime like beach-glass,
grow distant and more beautiful with salt.

Yet even today, to look at a tree
and ask the story Who are you? is to be transformed.

There is a stage in us where each being, each thing, is a mirror.

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