Poetry Monday: Tectonics

Finding beauty in small moments

One of my picks for my not-quite-finished summer reading list is Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser, an anthology of poetry by the 13th Poet Laureate of the United States. I’ve featured a selection from this book before. It’s a low-key celebration of daily moments, some quiet, special, and ordinary. It seems appropriate for this week leading up to Labor Day, the traditional sign (at least for me) that summer is ending…

Tectonics
By Ted Kooser

In only a few months
there begins to be fissures
in what we remember,
and within a year or two,
the facts break apart
one from another
and slowly begin to shift
and turn, grinding,
pushing up over each other
until their shapes
have been changed
and the past has become
a new world.
And after many years,
even a love affair,
one lush green island
all to itself,
perfectly detailed
with even a candle
softly lighting a smile,
may slide under the waves
like Atlantis,
scarcely rippling the heart.

Ted Kooser, “Tectonics,” from Delights and Shadows. Copyright 2004 by Ted Kooser. Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Washington. 

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