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Pocket Poem – Ted Kooser

Spread the word

Many, many years ago, my boyfriend and I went our separate ways for Spring Break during college. I talked him into sending me a hand-written letter because I only had WebTV at home, instead of Internet on the computer. (Ancient times, I know).

In that letter, he included, a carefully written copy of the famous and wonderful Ted Kooser poem “Pocket Poem.”

A wonderful poem, cherishing love, and persistence . This is a poem I read over and over while we lived across the state for 2 years, and one I have to look upon every Valentine’s Day.

Pocket Poem – Ted Kooser

If this comes creased and creased again and soiled
as if I’d opened it a thousand times
to see if what I’d written here was right,
it’s all because I looked too long for you
to put in your pocket. Midnight says
the little gifts of loneliness come wrapped
by nervous fingers. What I wanted this
to say was that I want to be so close
that when you find it, it is warm from me.

Ted Kooser + Pocket Poem

Well, yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and I shared it with my two best friends over some mediocre beer and equally mediocre food at a local brewery in town.

My boyfriend of 5 years lives almost 500 miles away, but we never really celebrated Valentine’s Day before he moved away, so it didn’t feel that strage to not be with the one that I love, as everyone else touts Valentine’s Day to be all about.
What I did find romantic, and purely coincidental was poet laureate Ted Kooser reading a few selected poems of his on NPR yesterday afternoon. When my BF and I first started dating, we spent 1 spring break away from each other, and I made him write me a letter, and I wrote him one too. In that letter to me, he inlcuded a poem by Ted Kooser, and this same poem was read on air and discussed for a little bit by Ted Kooser. It made my day that much more romantic, just thinking back to 5 years ago when I first recieved that poem in the mail, creased and stuffed in an envelope with a letter of awkward conversation since we had only been dating for a few months, and were still trying to figure out how we really felt for each other.

If you are interested, you can hear the NPR All Things Considered interview with Ted Kooser and hear him read a large selection of his poems, including Pocket Poem.
Ted Kooser on NPR

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