New York-born poet Jane Hirshfield studied Zen at the San Francisco Zen Center and at the monastery in Tassajara for a total of eight years before going on to garner a host of accolades for her poetry writing and editorial work.
“A Carbon-Based Life Form”
A person tired from happiness grows sober.
Another, worn through
By sadness, stumbles into a kind of joy.
It is like a dog alone in a house, barking to hear its own kind.
Nothing needs to be added. Yet we do.