Poetry October 2009

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To sit in sunlight with other old men,
none with his legs crossed, our feet in loose shoes
hot and flat on the earth, hands curled in our laps
or on our knees, like birds that now and then
fly up with our words and settle again
in a slightly different way, casting a slightly
different shadow over our pants legs, gabardine,
blue, gray, or brown, warmed by the passing sun.

Ted Kooser is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Valentines (2007) and Flying at Night (2005). He served as United States poet laureate from 2004 to 2006.
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