“Ask Much, The Voice Suggested” by Jane Hirshfield

July 5th, 2011

Ask much, the voice suggested, and I startled.
Feeling my body like the trembling body of a horse
tied to its tree while the strange noise
passes over its ears.
I who in extremity had always wanted less,
even of eating, of sleeping.
Agile, the voice did not speak again, but waited.
“Want more” -
a cure for longing I had not thought of.
But that is how it is with wells.
Whatever is taken refills to the steady level.
The voice agreed, though softly, to quiet the feet of the horse:
A cup taken out, a cup reappears; a bucketful taken, a bucket.

Yes. And yes.

(From After)


One Response to ““Ask Much, The Voice Suggested” by Jane Hirshfield”

  1. Love/is no less practical/than a coffee grinder* – Madge McKeithen on June 9, 2013 4:51 pm

    [...] and poets read from their own work; some read from the work of others, including Seamus Heaney, Jane Hirshfield, Jack Gilbert. One who could not be there in person sent a poem by May Swenson. Through the lines [...]

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