Jane Hirshfield – Ants’ Nest

Jane Hirshfield (February 24, 1953 -)

“On Being the Right Size,” Haldane’s short essay is titled.
An ants’ nest can be found at the top of a redwood.
No bird that weighs less than—
No insect more than—
The minimum mass for a whale, for a language, an ice cap.
In a human-sized room,
someone is setting a human-sized table with yellow napkins,
someone is calling
her children to come in from a day whose losses as yet remain child-sized.