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The Kingdom

At times
the heart
stands back
and looks at the body,
looks at the mind,
as a lion
quietly looks
at the not-quite-itself,
not-quite-another,
moving of shadows and grass.
 
Wary, but with interest,
considers its kingdom.
 
Then seeing
all that will be,
heart once again enters —
enters hunger, enters sorrow,
enters finally losing it all.
To know, if nothing else,
what it once owned.

Jane Hirshfield

10th October 2012
Tags: Jane Hirshfield The Kingdom thoughts that breathe poetry lit

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