all day the daylight coming over the sill
like a wagon
drawn by invisible big-hooved horses working hard
soon now your breathing will climb inside it, go with it away
all your mountains and rivers
your cities and memories
doing their silent handsprings inside it
Jane Hirshfield’s eighth book of poetry, The Beauty, and her second collection of essays,Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, are forthcoming from Knopf in March. A current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she lives on the hem of Mount Tamalpais in the San Francisco Bay Area.