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Selecting A Reader

 First, I would have her be beautiful,
and walking carefully up on my poetry
at the loneliest moment of an afternoon,
her hair still damp at the neck
from washing it.
She should be wearing a raincoat, an old one, dirty from not having money enough for the cleaners.
She will take out her glasses, and there in the bookstore, she will thumb over my poems, then put the book back up on its shelf.
She will say to herself, "For that kind of money, I can get my raincoat cleaned.
" And she will.

by Ted Kooser
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