(132) The Great Dome of Love

My sister Margie and her husband celebrate 14 years of marriage today.  I decided I wanted to find a poem for them.

Paul and Margie, 2010, right after they moved to Florida

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.


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