Gray Upon Gray

Just the dry husk of a big farmhouse
far back from the highway, one of those
foursquare, four bedroom, hipped roof
houses as common as hay bales, part of
a thick stand of young and old trees,
like a box in a gray wicker basket
pushed to the back of a shelf, not one
track up the snowy lane, all of the glass
shot out but the shadows not pouring
over the windowsills onto the snow,
the front door left open, the entryway
dusty and black, like tar on a tree
where a branch tore away, a whole branch
of the Sundermans, Muellers, or Grays.

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser’s most recent books are Splitting an Order, poems, from Copper Canyon Press, and The Wheeling Year, prose vignettes, from University of Nebraska Press. His third children’s book, The Bell in the Bridge, was published in 2017 from Candlewick Press.  He lives in rural Nebraska and teaches writing part time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Ted Kooser’s most recent books are Splitting an Order, poems, from Copper Canyon Press, and The Wheeling Year, prose vignettes, from University of Nebraska Press. His third children’s book, The Bell in the Bridge, was published in 2017 from Candlewick Press.  He lives in rural Nebraska and teaches writing part time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.