Riehlife Poem of the Day: Jane Hirshfield’s “Bamboo” from Orion

by Jane Hirshfield
From “Orion”

What exists wants to persist.
Even the knock of bamboo on bamboo
spilled outward continues.
And you who have lived—restless, ambitious, aggrieved.
A Walter, a Shirley, a Tim.
A Carlos, a Teisha, a Haavo.
Do not think it unchanged, this world you are leaving.

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