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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Happy Birthday

(Mrs. William Frazer of Delaware, 1798
by William Clarke, American painter)

Today is my birthday.


This evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness.
I could easily have switched on a lamp,
but I wanted to ride this day down into night,
to sit alone and smooth the unreadable page
with the pale gray ghost of my hand.

~ Ted Kooser, born 1939, U. S. Poet Laureate 2004-2006

1 comment:

Carol said...

Happy Birthday, one day late! I hope you had a wonderful day.