Ted Kooser


I got into my car today just in time to hear one of my favorite writers on the radio—Ted Kooser. Hearing him read reminded me how much I love his poem, “A Happy Birthday.” I keep it near my desk at work so I can always be reminded of how something so small can be so perfect—like a robin’s egg. Here it is:

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.


7 thoughts on “Ted Kooser

  1. i might sound so ignorant asking this (haha) but i don’t exactly understand why it’s called “A Happy Birthday”. Anyone care to explain please? 🙂

    • I always assumed it was because Kooser wrote it on his birthday, but perhaps not. I thought it was a lovely way to honor his special day – or any day. Thanks for your comment.

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