Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Jane Hirshfield





A SCALE WEIGHS THE OUTER WORLD IN POUNDS AND OUNCES

   
- Jane Hirshfield


A winch,
with its drag drum and hoist drum, is strong.

Grief is stronger,
yet weighs no more than the pattern
of leaf and sun on the bark of a tree.

Joy, too, is strong,
yet changes no more than the cloth of a curtain
pulled open rather than closed.

Emotion - handless and eyeless -
runs through the body like current through copper wire.
Equally innocent of its ends, equally voracious.

A scale weighs the outer world in pounds and ounces.
The sum does not alter,
whatever happens within and between us.

One will feel this as blessing, another as horror.



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