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Flying at Night -- Ted Kooser

Guest poem sent in by Sarah Korah

My favourite Ted Kooser poem is already on Minstrels [Poem #1667]. Here's
another nice poem:
(Poem #1796) Flying at Night
 Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
 Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
 like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
 some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
 snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
 back into the little system of his care.
 All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
 tug with bright streets at lonely lights like his.
-- Ted Kooser
A galaxy dies.. Not with a bang, and not with a whimper.. but like a
snowflake falling on water.  And far away, a nameless shepherd, feeling the
sudden nip in the air, snaps on his porch light - bringing all that is
precious into the warmth of his care.

There's something very comforting about that yard light. It reminds me of
hot chocolate fondue.. and Christmas at home. And doesn't the image of death
as a snowflake falling on water sound more hopeful, and meaningful, than the
usual "Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust" ?

Sarah Korah

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Philip Wagner said...

Very pretty, but as a pilot myself, I take leave to doubt that the writer is. He misses all the real points about the magic, mystery, loneliness and fears, the detachment, mystery and sudden terrors of night flying. I am aware that in criticising I have nothing better of my own to offer, and that I ought to. But read High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. , the authentic word of someone who's been there. *That* I can read and recognise my fellow.

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