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POEM OF THE DAY -- "In January" by Ted Kooser

I love to read Ted Koosers poetry.  Pure and simple -- which is exactly what his poetry is.  In this particular poem, he captures the essence of Vietnam and a frozen city in the same poem.  His imagery is simple but you can't help your imagination...the word pictures are so vivid.  Enjoy Mr. Kooser!

In January 
by Ted Kooser
Only one cell in the frozen hive of night
is lit, or so it seems to us:
this Vietnamese café, with its oily light,
its odors whose colorful shapes are like flowers.
Laughter and talking, the tick of chopsticks.
Beyond the glass, the wintry city
creaks like an ancient wooden bridge.
A great wind rushes under all of us.
The bigger the window, the more it trembles. 

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