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Poetry Friday: A Map of World by Ted Kooser

November 3rd, 2017 (06:00 am)
happy

Current Mood: happy
Current Song: One Day Like This by Elbow

One of the ancient maps of the world
Is heart-shaped, carefully drawn
And once washed with bright colors,
Though the colors have faded
As you might expect feelings to fade
From a fragile old heart, the brown map
Of a life. But feeling is indelible,
And longing infinite, a starburst compass
Pointing in all the directions
Two lovers might go, a fresh breeze
Swelling their sails, the future uncharted,
Still far from the edge
Where the sea pours into the stars.

- A Map of the World by Ted Kooser

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Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: November 4th, 2017 03:09 am (UTC)

This is one I've never read, and it's lovely to think of life as a map of life, moving along until the 'edge'. Those final lines of love with 'the future uncharted' is so nice. Thanks for finding and sharing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 4th, 2017 03:15 am (UTC)

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: November 4th, 2017 11:34 am (UTC)

I love that our posts "talk" to each other, the same way the Universe gave me materials with which to start conversations with my students! (And I LOVE Ted Kooser. This one is new to me. Thanks!)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 4th, 2017 03:24 pm (UTC)

Great minds think alike! :)

Posted by: Molly Hogan (Molly Hogan)
Posted at: November 4th, 2017 04:29 pm (UTC)

I haven't read many Ted Kooser poems, but every one "speaks" to me. Thanks for introducing me to this one.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 4th, 2017 04:58 pm (UTC)

Isn't it lovely?

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: November 5th, 2017 01:26 pm (UTC)
maps

The universe seems to be making a point about maps this week. I'm glad you shared Kooser's take on it. I love the image of sailing into the uncharted future.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 5th, 2017 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: maps

I wonder where it will lead!

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