Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Day Has Come... To Share These Beautiful Words

The Idea:
We have words that touch us, move into our hearts and resonate, creating a feeling, taking us some place- past, present, future- perhaps some place we have never been and may never go, but for whatever reasons, the words pulse in our blood. Meeting new words, new poets, new poems, new ways for my heart to beat, is an intruiging concept. Want to go on this adventure with me? It will be easy to travel along. Many of us already do this sharing; this idea is just to help us find each other and hear the words we have to share.
One of my favorite poets is Ted Kooser. Just like myself, he lives on the Plains of the Midwest, and his poetry is influenced by his experiences in Nature.

Mr. Kooser has published over 8 poetry books, but "Winter Morning Walks" is my very favorite.

I had a hard time limiting myself to just one poem, so I decided to share four of them with you today.

december 9

"Fence post to fence post,
just out of reach,
a bank swallow led me
into the sunrise.

Black, white and gray
like a half-burned love letter
floating up out of the fire,
she led me along.

I would like to have read
what was left of that message,
red on its feathery edges
with dawn."

february 16

"In fair weather, the shy past keeps its distance.
Old loves, old regrets, old humiliations
look on from afar. They stand back under the trees.
No one would think to look for them there.

But in fog they come closer. You can feel them
there by the road as you slowly walk past.
Still as fence posts they wait, dark and reproachful,
each stepping forward in turn."

march 12

"Only a crust of moon is left
to offer the morning,
but that may be enough for now,
what with our frosty picnic table
so heavily laden with stars."

march 20

"How important it must be
to someone
that I am alive, and walking,
and that I have written
these poems.
This morning the sun stood right at the end of the road
and waited for me."

If you would like to enjoy more beautiful inspiring words, visit this post on L.K. Ludwig's blog and follow the links.


Leslie said...

Oh, these are beautiful words! I can see that I'm going to have a lot in my book cart over at Amazon before this day is over.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

So many thoughts to ponder! And such beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing today.

Jen said...

Beautiful choices for poetry. And I love your birdie! I'm such a nu for nature too, and love that winter is coming up where the snow will envelope the pine trees in our woods. Thanks for the slice of anticipation today, my friend.


JeriAnn said...


Thank you for introducing me to this marvelous poet. His gorgeous imagery is a treasure.

&rew said...

Oh, WOW, thank you!

Tina said...

These images are amazing. I've not heard of this poet. Thanks.

Michele said...

Oh, joy! You have introduced me to another new poet! LK's grand idea of sharing poems has given me so many new words to savor. All of Mr. Kooser's poems resonated with me, so I owe you a great big thank you for sharing!

Warmest regards,

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

JeriAnn... I apologize but Blogger does not always provide an email address with which to correspond with kind souls that leave comments.

I am so glad you stopped by my humble blog. Ted Kooser is an incredible poet and one you should definitely check out.

Tracie Lyn

mermaid musings said...

the february 16 touched my soul
i am pasting those words in my journal it is okay with you, right?
Thank YOU!

Chris said...

"...Still as fence posts they wait, dark and reproachful,
each stepping forward in turn."

Thank you for sharing with me a poet I've never read. I'll check out the book.

Shayla said...

Oh, I love March 12! I'm writing this one down in my collection of favorite poems.

Deirdra Doan said...

What beautiful poems, thank you....and the edges frames of your photo's are so delicate.....
Like lace and snowflakes...It is fun to share poetry...I posted too. I also have a video/song "It's Christmas"
Thanksgiving Blessings to you.