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A Birthday Poem

Just past dawn, the sun stands
with its heavy red head
in a black stanchion of trees,
waiting for someone to come
with his bucket
for the foamy white light,
and then a long day in the pasture.
I too spend my days grazing,
feasting on every green moment
till darkness calls,
and with the others
I walk away into the night,
swinging the little tin bell
of my name.

—Ted Kooser

from FIELD, Number 62, Spring 2000
Poetry Daily

Copyright 2001 by Ted Kooser.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of FIELD from FIELD. Copyright 2000 by Ted Kooser. For further permissions information, contact Ted Kooser, 1820 Branched Oak Road, Garland, NE 68360.

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About the Poet

Ted Kooser (1939- ) served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 to 2006. He is the author of twelve poetry collections, including Splitting an Order (Copper Canyon Press, 2014).

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