Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stars ticking by

it is best to focus your eyes
a little off to one side;
it is better to know things
drained of their color, to fathom
the black horses cropping
at winter grass,
their white jaws that move
in steady rotation, a sweet sound

and when they file off to shelter
under the trees
you will find the dark circles of snow
pushed aside, earth opening
its single steadfast gaze:
towards the stars ticking by one by one, overhead,
the given world flaming precisely out of its frame

~Jane Hirshfield

A dream of Cornwall
[image by/belongs to: emilie79*, via Flickr]

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