Let Them Not Say

by Jane Hirshfield

Let them not say:   we did not see it.
We saw.
.
Let them not say:   we did not hear it.
We heard.
.
Let them not say:  they did not taste it.
We ate, we trembled.
.
Let them not say:  it was not spoken, not written.
We spoke,
we witnessed with voices and hands.
.
Let them not say:  they did nothing.
We did not-enough.
.
Let them say, as they must say something: 
.
A kerosene beauty.
It burned.
.
Let them say we warmed ourselves by it,
read by its light, praised,
and it burned.
.
Jane_HirshfieldAbout This Poem:

 “This poem was written well before today’s Presidential Inauguration and without this event in mind. But it seems a day worth remembering the fate of our shared planet and all its beings, human and beyond.”
—Jane Hirshfield

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