Ted Kooser

(Ames, Iowa)

Flying At Night - Poem by Ted Kooser

Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like his.

Comments about Flying At Night by Ted Kooser

  • (6/30/2018 2:36:00 AM)

    All occurring in an infinite system of care, or meaninglessly random? (Report) Reply

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  • (2/21/2017 5:09:00 PM)

    an illuminating poem of what might be as we all swim in the sea of time? (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O Brian (9/18/2016 6:39:00 PM)

    Tiny cogs lost in the vast machinery of the universe, but inextricably united to it. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2016 10:48:00 AM)

    A beautifully envisioned meaningful poem reflecting the force unifying the whole universe. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/18/2016 7:49:00 AM)

    It shows that we are a part of a bigger arrangement. Anything happening in a distant space may have its impact of earth or so it is believed. Nicely portrayed. Thank you, Ted. (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/18/2016 6:25:00 AM)

    This knits the universe together very well.......Enjoyed reading! (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2016 4:57:00 AM)

    wonderful poem visual and beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/18/2016 1:24:00 AM)

    Into the little system! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mammatli Molefi (2/9/2016 2:29:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem indeed. Makes me miss things I haven't felt... (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2014 6:42:00 AM)

    'distant death' - simply superb (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2014 12:56:00 PM)

    This is beautiful - I love the theme of space evoked. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (5/5/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    Love this poem. Interconnectedness of all things in the universe. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (5/5/2014 3:30:00 AM)

    This is drawn from deep thought or experience. No matter the height we are, there are always some beneath or above. i like it (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2013 3:40:00 PM)

    Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
    like a snowflake falling on water. Magnificent
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  • (5/5/2012 5:42:00 PM)

    A magnificent universe out there all tied together by light. I loved it. (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (9/24/2006 4:18:00 AM)

    somehow, your poems are all of the space. you are probably from space.
    love this Ted.

    out in space
    the world
    so small (referring to our mother earth)
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  • (9/20/2006 11:53:00 AM)

    Your poem captures something that has never been felt before. I am greatful that there is a poet that stands out amoungst the crowd.

    I would love to send you some of my poems... just so you could workshop one or two. Please contact me at leon7potter@yahoo.com
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  • (7/15/2006 4:32:00 PM)

    A beautiful write. I shivered as I read it.
    Keep up the great work.
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  • (7/15/2006 4:14:00 PM)

    Whoa....left me with chills and a Dark picture in my mind.
    but beautiful all the same...if only all poets could write like him
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  • (10/21/2005 5:54:00 PM)

    'dies like a snowflake falling on water.'

    I love this image.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2004

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