I’ve had a pretty hectic week at work but tonight was yoga night and it was exactly what I needed. So good and relaxing. After class I just came home and not wanting to break that spell of relaxation, I started reading some poetry. I need to remember to do this more often.
Here is one of the poems I especially enjoyed this evening.
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.
Poem is from the Poetry 180 collection.