A Poem for a Thursday #24

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Ted Kooser is "widely praised for his plainspoken style, his gift for metaphor, and his quiet discoveries of beauty in ordinary things." He served as a Poet Laureate and is spoken of as the voice of small-town America. His style is simple and natural.

Today, from a distance, I saw you
walking away, and without a sound
the glittering face of a glacier
slid into the sea. An ancient oak
fell in the Cumberlands, holding only 
a handful of leaves, and an old woman
scattering corn to her chickens looked up 
for an instant. At the other side
of the galaxy, a star thirty-five times
the size of our own sun exploded
and vanished, leaving a small green spot
on the astronomer's retina
as he stood in the great open dome
of my heart with no one to tell.

After Years
Ted Kooser

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  1. I've never really read Ted Kooser, but the few I've seen I've really liked. I may have to hunt up a volume.

    1. I don't think I had ever read anything by him before but I will definitely be reading more.