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After Years

After Years

Today, from a distance, I saw you
Walking away, and without a sound
The glittering face of a glacier
Slid into the sea. An ancient oak
Fell in the Cumberlands, holding only
A handful of leaves, and an old woman
Scattering corn to her chickens looked up
For an instant. At the other side
Of the galaxy, a star thirty-five times
The size of our own sun exploded
And vanished, leaving a small green spot
On the astronomer’s retina
As he stood on the great open dome
Of my heart with no one to tell.



Poem After Years - Ted Kooser