A Birthday Poem Poem by Ted Kooser

A Birthday Poem

Rating: 3.3

Just past dawn, the sun stands
with its heavy red head
in a black stanchion of trees,
waiting for someone to come
with his bucket
for the foamy white light,
and then a long day in the pasture.
I too spend my days grazing,
feasting on every green moment
till darkness calls,
and with the others
I walk away into the night,
swinging the little tin bell
of my name.

Jerry Wells 19 December 2017


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Poet Dismas 26 October 2016

this is great! ! ! just the poem have wanted to read, birthday poems are just cool and this is the best.

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Jerry Wells 06 January 2018


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Lady Serafina 09 May 2018

I do say, that I have to agree with you. I write poems myself, but I don't know if there good.

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Kathy Van Kurin 14 October 2016

Tedd Kooser, Hello, This poem was refreshing. To be able to identify with nature; animals, wind, birds- is what I enjoy. Cows grazing under the sun; simple, understandable and just simple eneought to be understood. Great poem. Blessings to you...........Kathy

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Hazel 07 October 2021

I like your poem i wish i coulde join you

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Sher carman 03 October 2021

Liked the few lines I could see, too many ads covering it.

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Rajnish Manga 10 February 2021

I like the fantastic imagery created in the poem. Thanks.

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Paida Mudzamba 09 February 2021

This poem is exquisite. it may not talk of birthday cakes with his name on...but the way he plays on the imagination of the reader when he speaks of a bell with his name on. It is exquisite, simply put just beautiful.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 09 February 2021

2) like In addition to poetry, Kooser has written in a variety of forms including personal essays, and literary criticism. That is very interesting though. I have enjoyed very much having read this A Birthday Poem. Very impressive words here. Cutest clearly conveyed.5 Stars!

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