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The Great Grandparents

As small children, we were taken to meet them.
They had recently arrived from another world
and stood dumbfounded in the busy depot
of the present, their useless belongings in piles:
old tools, old words, old recipes, secrets.
They searched our faces and grasped our hands
as if we could lead them back, but we drew them
forward into the future, feeling them tremble,
their shirt cuffs yellow, smoky old wood stoves
smoldering somewhere under their clothes.

Ted Kooser – "The Great Grandparents"

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Other Poems by Ted Kooser:

"Abandoned Farmhouse"
"Barn Owl"
"City Limits"
"Great Plains in Winter"
"Horse"
"How to Foretell a Change
   in the Weather"
"In the Corners of Fields"
"Memory"
"Osage"
"Riding the Bus in Midwinter"
"So This is Nebraska"
"Spring Plowing"
"There is Always a Little Wind"
"Tillage Marks"
"Zenith"