Against Certainty…

fcb78296ed1737862906181500b5437bd57b63f0-1024x683Against Certainty (by Jane Hirshfield)

There is something out in the dark that wants to correct us. 
Each time I think “this,” it answers “that.” 
Answers hard, in the heart-grammar’s strictness. 

If I then say “that,” it too is taken away. 

Between certainty and the real, an ancient enmity. 
When the cat waits in the path-hedge, 
no cell of her body is not waiting. 
This is how she is able so completely to disappear. 

I would like to enter the silence portion as she does. 

To live amid the great vanishing as a cat must live, 
one shadow fully at ease inside another.


2 Replies to “Against Certainty…”

  1. Hello, dear Sandie, I was searching for the recording of Stanley Kunitz reading Jane Hirshfield’s poem “Against Uncertainty” and I stumbled upon your site and the above post. Because Stanley Kunitz read Jane Hirshfield’s poem, the poem may now be mistakenly known as his – but I wanted to let you know that it is indeed Jane’s. Would you mind crediting Jane Hirshfield with this gorgeous poem. Thank you. xo With love, Julia

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