Ted Kooser

(Ames, Iowa)

Flying At Night - Poem by Ted Kooser

Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like his.


Comments about Flying At Night by Ted Kooser

  • Mammatli Molefi Mammatli Molefi (2/9/2016 2:29:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem indeed. Makes me miss things I haven't felt... (Report) Reply

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  • Surajit Banerjee (5/6/2014 6:42:00 AM)

    'distant death' - simply superb (Report) Reply

  • Hannah Kelly (5/5/2014 12:56:00 PM)

    This is beautiful - I love the theme of space evoked. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus Michelle Claus (5/5/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    Love this poem. Interconnectedness of all things in the universe. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu Babatunde Aremu (5/5/2014 3:30:00 AM)

    This is drawn from deep thought or experience. No matter the height we are, there are always some beneath or above. i like it (Report) Reply

  • Saiom Shriver (4/23/2013 3:40:00 PM)

    Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
    like a snowflake falling on water. Magnificent (Report) Reply

  • Evelyn Morgan (5/5/2012 5:42:00 PM)

    A magnificent universe out there all tied together by light. I loved it. (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo john tiong chunghoo (9/24/2006 4:18:00 AM)

    somehow, your poems are all of the space. you are probably from space.
    love this Ted.

    out in space
    the world
    so small (referring to our mother earth) (Report) Reply

  • Leon Adrian (9/20/2006 11:53:00 AM)

    Your poem captures something that has never been felt before. I am greatful that there is a poet that stands out amoungst the crowd.

    I would love to send you some of my poems... just so you could workshop one or two. Please contact me at leon7potter@yahoo.com (Report) Reply

  • Dustin Bennefield (7/15/2006 4:32:00 PM)

    A beautiful write. I shivered as I read it.
    Keep up the great work.
    ~Inkweaver (Report) Reply

  • Leigh A. Hill (7/15/2006 4:14:00 PM)

    Whoa....left me with chills and a Dark picture in my mind.
    but beautiful all the same...if only all poets could write like him
    starr (Report) Reply

  • Bobbie Goggins (10/21/2005 5:54:00 PM)

    'dies like a snowflake falling on water.'

    I love this image. (Report) Reply

  • Barbara Jarvik (9/16/2005 10:29:00 PM)

    Don't be fooled by the 'simplicity'. This writer is a master of his craft.
    A wonderful, wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ilex 011 (2/16/2005 10:33:00 AM)

    Your work is stunning. I've added all of them to my favorites list. More please! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2004



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