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 The Beauty (2015), a finalist for the National Book Award, 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 . . .

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

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