Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Poem by Jane Hirshfield!

My eye fell on this poem this morning.

Beneath the Snow, the Badger's Steady Breathing

Beneath the snow,
               the badger's steady breathing.

He does not count the cold as cold.
He does not call his hunger fate.
He sett is neither large nor small.
        Not dark.

Closer to tree root than human.

Closer to the wilderness
                            than to its saints
who sought to learn from where
    they'd moved.

A life uninterrupting,
            without want or aspiration.
A persistence.

And yet not meager.  Not unfeeling.

-- Sharp starlight coming all the way
       down to the snow.

             - Jane Hirshfield

                      from AFTER  (February 2006)


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