The everyday through the eyes of a poet

We are so used to the everyday. The things around us that we hardly notice and take for granted.

Ted Kooser is a poet who delights in the ordinary and lends us his eyes to see beyond the familiar.


This is a core sample
from the floor of the Sea of Mending,

a cylinder packed with shells
that over many years

sank through fathoms of shirts –
pearl buttons, blue buttons –

and settled together
beneath waves of perseverance,

an ocean upon which
generations of women set forth,

under the sails of gingham curtains,
and, seated side by side

on decks sometimes salted by tears,
made small but important repairs.

+ Ted Kooser, from Delights & Shadows, Copper Canyon Press, 2004

I recently heard of Ted Kooser through the Salt Project. Here is their introduction, and while you are there, look at their other work. It is good…

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿