'Just when you seem to yourself
nothing but a flimsy web
of questions, you are given
the questions of others to hold
in the emptiness of your hands,
songbird eggs that can still hatch
if you keep them warm,
butterflies opening and closing themselves
in your cupped palms, trusting you not to injure
their scintillant fur, their dust.
You are given the questions of others
as if they were answers
to all you ask. Yes, perhaps
this gift is your answer.'
Her work demonstrates that contemplative poems can serve political ends by pointing us towards a vision for living that leads towards compassion, peace and justice and ultimately to meaningful social change.
Michael True writes, that in her poetry (and her life), Levertov:
"refused to surrender to that dissociation of sensibility that separates the individual person from the common life of all.