Poems by Ted Kooser

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Tree Removal

by Ted Kooser

From Canary Fall 2016

Ted lives on an acreage outside the village of Garland, Nebraska.

First the boom truck offers its cup
to the sixty-foot elm, just a sip
from a cheap white plastic mug
after all those years of service
fishing for weather. Then follows
wave upon wave of the chain saw,
a hot spray of sawdust.
But the tree makes its exit with grace,
going down slowly, one piece at a time,
hauling in the cool net of its shadow
and patiently folding it
into the boat of the clouds.


From Splitting an Order, Copper Canyon Press, 2014, with permission).



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