Ted Kooser: “After Years”

Rush Hour by t_a_i_s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Years

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 on the great open dome
of my heart with no one to tell.

Ted Kooser, Delights & Shadows (2004)

Photo credit: Rush Hour, by t_a_i_s

~ by matt on 18 October 2007.

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