Green-Striped Melons

By Jane Hirshfield b. 1953 Jane Hirshfield
They lie
under stars in a field.
They lie under rain in a field.
Under sun.
 
Some people
are like this as well—
like a painting
hidden beneath another painting.
 
An unexpected weight
the sign of their ripeness.

Poem copyright ©2008 by Jane Hirshfield, whose most recent book of poems is After, Harper Collins, 2006. Poem reprinted from Alaska Quarterly, Vol. 25, nos. 3 & 4, Fall & Winter, 2008, by permission of Jane Hirshfield and the publisher.

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Poet Jane Hirshfield b. 1953

Subjects Relationships, Love, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

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Award-winning poet, essayist, and translator Jane Hirshfield is the author of several collections of verse, including Come, Thief (2011), After (2006), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize, and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Award, among others. Hirshfield has also translated the work of early women poets in collections such as The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

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