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.

(thanks to bookgirl’s nightstand
for introducing me to Ted Kooser)

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6 comments

  1. You’re most welcome. I really like the poem, but I realized something…if it were me, I’d buy the book instead. :)And thank you for the award. That was very kind of you.

  2. You’re most welcome. I really like the poem, but I realized something…if it were me, I’d buy the book instead. :)And thank you for the award. That was very kind of you.

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