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After Years

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Written by Ted Kooser

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 Today, from a distance, I saw you
walking away, and without a sound
the glittering face of a glacier
slid into the sea.
An ancient oak fell in the Cumberlands, holding only a handful of leaves, and an old woman scattering corn to her chickens looked up for an instant.
At the other side of the galaxy, a star thirty-five times the size of our own sun exploded and vanished, leaving a small green spot on the astronomer's retina as he stood on the great open dome of my heart with no one to tell.


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