Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Poem for Sunday

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Ted Kooser's  Delights and Shadows won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. This is one of my favorite pieces:


It has been carefully painted
with the outlines of tools
to show us which belongs where,
auger and drawknife,
claw hammer and crosscut saw,
like the outlines of hands on the walls
of ancient caves in France,
painted with soot mixed with spit
ten thousand years ago
in the faltering firelight of time,
hands borrowed to work on the world
and never returned.

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