A SCALE WEIGHS THE OUTER WORLD IN POUNDS AND OUNCES
- Jane Hirshfield
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.