Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jane Hirshfield: "Da Capo"

Take the used-up heart like a pebble
and throw it far out.

Soon there is nothing left.
Soon the last ripple exhausts itself
in the weeds.

Returning home, slice carrots, onions, celery.
Glaze them in oil before adding
the lentils, water, and herbs.

Then the roasted chestnuts, a little pepper, the salt.
Finish with goat cheese and parsley. Eat.
You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted.
Begin again the story of your life.

"Da Capo" by Jane Hirshfield, from Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2005). Text as posted on Eat This Poem (02/22/12).

Art credit: Photograph of "lentil stew with chestnuts," perhaps by Nicole Gulotta. This image, poem and a corresponding recipe are found on Gulotta's delightful blog, Eat This Poem.

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