Ted Kooser

(Ames, Iowa)

Poems of Ted Kooser

1. A Birthday Poem 1/13/2003
2. A Happy Birthday 12/3/2014
3. After Years 1/13/2003
4. Flying at Night 4/1/2004
5. In January 1/13/2003
6. Selecting A Reader 1/13/2003

A Happy Birthday

This evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness.
I could easily have switched on a lamp,
but I wanted to ride this day down into night,
to sit alone and smooth the unreadable page
with the pale gray ghost of my hand.

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