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A Monday in May

by Ted Kooser

It rained all weekend,
but today the peaked roofs
are as dusty and warm
as the backs of old donkeys
tied in the sun.
So much alike are our houses,
our lives. Under each eave-
leaf, cobweb and feather;
and for each front yard
one sentimental maple,
who after a shower has passed,
rains into her shadow
for hours.


Ted Kooser's most recent book is Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems from the University of Pittsburgh Press. A chapbook The Blizzard Voices is due out soon from The Bieler Press, Madison, Wisconsin. (4/1981)

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