February 19th, 2017

poetry, exceptindreams

The Tongue Says Loneliness | Jane Hirshfield

“The Tongue Says Loneliness”
Jane Hirshfield

The tongue says loneliness, anger, grief,
but does not feel them.
As Monday cannot feel Tuesday,
nor Thursday
reach back to Wednesday
as a mother reaches out for her found child.
As this life is not a gate, but the horse plunging through it.
Not a bell,
but the sound of the bell in the bell-shape,
lashing full strength with the first blow from inside the iron.