Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life


It is foolish
to let a young redwood
grow next to a house.

Even in this
one lifetime,
you will have to choose.

That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books–

Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.

– Jane Hirshfield

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  1. Posted July 25, 2014 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Love this. Thank you, Lindsey. xo

  2. Posted July 26, 2014 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    How I love this poem — unknown to me before this morning, and so very apt in countless ways. Thank you dear L.

  3. Posted July 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    oh yes, very lovely.
    thanks so much for sharing it

  4. Posted August 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Excellent choice.

    admin Reply:

    Thank you! I love it. xox