poet Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser

Porch Swing in September

The porch swing hangs fixed in a morning sun
that bleaches its gray slats, its flowered cushion
whose flowers have faded, like those of summer,
and a small brown spider has hung out her web
on a line between porch post and chain
so that no one may swing without breaking it.
She is saying it's time that the swinging were done with,
time that the creaking and pinging and popping
that sang through the ceiling were past,
time now for the soft vibrations of moths,
the wasp tapping each board for an entrance,
the cool dewdrops to brush from her work
every morning, one world at a time.

Topic(s) of this poem: morning, nature, september

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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  • Barbara Mayer (9/8/2018 12:57:00 PM)

    This poem captures the transition from summer to autumn perfectly - I especially love the soft vibrations of moths, the cool dewdrops to brush from her work. And the way the spider decides it's time for the swinging to stop. The rhythm and music of the lines work together to make this poem magical.

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (6/30/2018 10:32:00 PM)

    'every morning, one world at a time' - nice ending!

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/30/2018 12:23:00 PM)

    A nice poem of changing time. Enjoyed the style in which you have penned down your thoughts.10+++++

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  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (6/30/2018 9:39:00 AM)

    Really a nice fine poem.

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (6/30/2018 6:18:00 AM)

    faded, unbroken web, time swinging were done, that sang were past All say the time has moved on leaving the past reluctantly behind in memory. A wonderful thoughtful poem.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/30/2018 3:37:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Ted Kooser👍👍👍

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (6/30/2018 3:04:00 AM)

    How thoughtfully as well as wonderfully Poet views a tiny little moment in nature. I fI am the spider, which is forced to make the web right there between the porch post and the swing chain, where the chain can finish everything at any moment, and no where else, I winder what I would do. Thank you Ted for the insightful poem and congrats for being the PoD. X

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (6/30/2018 2:07:00 AM)

    'cool dewdrops to brush from her work every morning'..........it brought to my mind the picture of dewdrops on a spider net. Beautiful!

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (6/30/2018 12:53:00 AM)

    This comes out of the blue as a fine poem from this overexposed poet.

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