Vintage Colorado Poetry
Poem of the Week
2 Laureates / 2 Poems
September 27, 2004
Round by Mary Crow,
Colorado Poet Laureate
Ted Kooser is the Poet Laureate of the United States.
Visiting Mountains

The plains ignore us,
but these mountains listen,
an audience of thousands
holding its breath
in each rock.  Climbing,
we pick our way
over the skulls of small talk.
On the prairies below us,
the grass leans this way and that
in discussion;
words fly away like corn shucks
over the fields.
Here, lost in a mountain's
attention, there's nothing to say.

                  --Ted Kooser

Reprinted from Sure Signs:  New and Selected
by Ted Kooser.  University of Pittsburgh Press,
Pittsburgh, Pa., 1980.  Copyright (c) 1980, Ted
Kooser.  Used with the author's permission.
Pikes Peak. Photo credit: Dick Miller.
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