Thursday, September 20, 2007

Splash du Jour: Thursday

Selecting a Reader

by Ted Kooser

First, I would have her be beautiful,

and walking carefully up on my poetry

at the loneliest moment of an afternoon,

her hair still damp at the neck

from washing it. She should be wearing

a raincoat, an old one, dirty

from not having money enough for the cleaners.

She will take out her glasses, and there

in the bookstore, she will thumb

over my poems, then put the book back

up on its shelf. She will say to herself,

"For that kind of money, I can get

my raincoat cleaned." And she will.


Have a great Thursday!


patricia said...

Mmmmm....lovely. I've read that one before. It always makes me smile.

cipriano said...

It's a great poem.
My girlfriend sent me the thing.
She knows all the bestest poems in the whole world.
I read it, and immediately thought.... "I wish I had wroten that!"

patricia said...

Wha---?? Did you say...girlfriend? Very interesting...