Selecting A Reader

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.

by Ted Kooser

Comments (20)

Ah, the dreams of an aging poet; but at least she thumbed over your poems as am I; the world is full of poets ever since we had recorded language; thanks to the Mercian's whose teutonic tongue became the scaffold for the English language. You at least, are a good poet, and should displace that idiot Robert Frost over whom so many Americans dote. Nothing personal Robert, you're just not a very good poet like this guy.
vivid scenario wherein you can imagine yourself seeing that reader personally... Fantastic piece! ! ! !
lovely poem and I identify myself completely with it...Thanks for sharing.
hha, if someone gave me a book for free, i would be very happy.
Simply beautiful! Sad plight of a poet! Poor monetary rewards for artists! Still they create, they inspire!
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