A Letter In October

Ted Kooser's poetry has a way of catching images then illuminating words into poetry that makes sense to all of us. Enjoy A Letter in October as we celebrate the beauty of autumn.

A Letter in October

Dawn comes later and later now,
and I, who only a month ago
could sit with coffee every morning
watching the light walk down the hill
to the edge of the pond and place
a doe there, shyly drinking,

then see the light step out upon
the water, sowing reflections
to either side -- a garden
of trees that grew as if by magic --
now see no more than my face,
mirrored by darkness, pale and odd,

startled by time.While I slept,
night in its thick winter jacket
bridled the doe with a twist
of wet leaves and led her away,
then brought its black horse with harness
that creaked like a cricket, and turned
the water garden under. I woke,
and at the waiting window found
the curtains open to my open face;
beyond me, darkness. And I,
who only wished to keep looking out,
must now keep looking in.

--Ted Kooser


  1. I love this poem - it is exactly the way I've been feeling as dawn comes later and dusk comes earlier.

    Thanks for sharing it, and the lovely photos :)

  2. What a lovely poem. Your photos illustrate it beautifully.

  3. Beautiful poem and photographs. Nice images to start my day.

  4. Wow! This takes you away and leaves you facing your self.


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