My sister Margie and her husband celebrate 14 years of marriage today. I decided I wanted to find a poem for them.
I poked around on the internet and then came across this one by Ted Kooser called “After Years.” I chose this one because it isn’t your usual love poem. It is about those moments we have when we see our loved one from afar and are suddenly overwhelmed with a feeling we simply cannot describe. It is a feeling that we suddenly know there is a universal depth to our love that we cannot even begin to touch or explain.
Yet, I think Kooser does a great job trying. This is for you, Margie and Paul. May the “great open dome” of love continue to keep you in its loving protection.
After Years by Ted Kooser
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 into 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.