A Rainy Morning

A young woman in a wheelchair,
wearing a black nylon poncho spattered with rain,
is pushing herself through the morning.
You have seen how pianists
sometimes bend forward to strike the keys,
then lift their hands, draw back to rest,
then lean again to strike just as the chord fades.
Such is the way this woman
strikes at the wheels, then lifts her long white fingers,
letting them float, then bends again to strike
just as the chair slows, as if into a silence.
So expertly she plays the chords
of this difficult music she has mastered,
her wet face beautiful in its concentration,
while the wind turns the pages of rain.

~ from Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser

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3 Responses to A Rainy Morning

  1. Word Lily
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    says:

    I need to read some Kooser.
    .-= Word Lily┬┤s last blog ..Words from my reading =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Word Lily – this collection was my first experience with his work and I really enjoyed it.

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