Many-Roofed Building in Moonlight
I found myself suddenly voluminous, three-dimensioned, a many-roofed building in moonlight. Thought traversed me as simply as moths might. Feelings traversed me as fish. I heard myself thinking, It isn't the piano, it isn't the ears. Then heard, too soon, the ordinary furnace, the usual footsteps above me. Washed my face again with hot water, as I did when I was a child.
Copyright © 2012 by Jane Hirshfield. Used with permission of the author.
Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, includingThe Beauty: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), which was long listed for the National Book Award. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2012 to 2017.
Date Published: 2012-01-18
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/many-roofed-building-moonlight