September 26, 2011

Jane Hirshfield

THOSE WHO CANNOT ACT

“Those who act will suffer,
suffer into truth”—
What Aeschylus omitted:
those who cannot act will suffer too.

The sister banished into exile.
The unnamed dog
soon killed.

Even the bystanders vanish,
one by one,
peripheral, in pain unnoticed while

from Rattle #26, 2006

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Jane Hirshfield was featured in a conversation in this issue; read it here.