Ted Kooser


The Vale of Soul-Making

The blind man draws his curtains for the night
and goes to bed, leaving a burning light

above the bathroom mirror. Through the wall,
he hears the deaf man walking down the hall

in his squeaky shoes to see if there’s a light
under the blind man’s door, and all is right.

— Ted Kooser, “Boarding House,” Flying at Night. (University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition March 11, 2005)

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