Wednesday Poetry Break: Resilience Edition

Courtesy of yesterday’s Writer’s Almanac. Hang in there, everyone.

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More and more I have come to admire resilience.
Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam returns over and
over to the same shape, but the sinuous tenacity of a tree: finding the
light newly blocked on one side,
it turns in another.
A blind intelligence, true.
But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers, mitochondria, figs—
all this resinous, unretractable earth.

—  Jane Hirshfield

“Tree Planted by Streams of Water,” by Wing-Chi Poon

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