A Poem: Reading “A Day Comes” | Poetry | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It

A Poem: Reading “A Day Comes” 

A day comes
when the mouth grows tired
of saying “I.”

Yet it is occupied
still by a self that must speak
—Jane Hirshfield

I wish it was I
Who wrote this poem
Like a Japanese long sword,
Focused on its purpose.

But someone else
Crafted and honed it.

I can make it my own—
I will write a translation.

But try as I might,
I am unable
To reforge this poem
In another language.
I find that its strength
Cannot be extricated
From its words,
From their multiple meanings
Melding and folding
Across the lines.

I will seize this poem,
Learn it by heart,
Enlighten my listeners,
As I recite it,
Cut through the ignorance
Of my opponents.

But what really happens
Is that the poem,
True to its purpose,
Slices deeply
Into my own

I gasp,
Laugh ruefully,
Watching the blood
Well up and run freely.

Speaking of...

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Saugerties Writer's Club @ Saugerties Public Library

Saugerties Writer's Club

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. — Do you like to write? Have you ever thought of writing? Join...

6th Annual Summer Hoot

Fri., Aug. 24, Sat., Aug. 25 and Sun., Aug. 26 — A 3-day music festival at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY (20...
Huichica Hudson Music Festival @ Chaseholm Farm

Huichica Hudson Music Festival

Fri., Aug. 24, 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 25, 3 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 26, 3 p.m. — The Huichica Music Festival returns to the Hudson Valley this summer for...
Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018 @ Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018

June 16-Nov. 11 — The works in the exhibition recognize the universal human desire to experience...
Putnam County Wine & Food Fest @ Patterson Fire Department

Putnam County Wine & Food Fest

Aug. 25-26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Enjoy the best wine and spirits New York has to offer, plus...

View all of today's events

Latest in Arts & Culture

Chronogram on Instagram