228th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 228th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2013 Dive Into Poetry Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Check out the stops on the 2013 National Poetry Month Blog Tour and the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Ted Kooser for my friend, Anna at Diary of an Eccentric:

A Happy Birthday

This evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness.
I could easily have switched on a lamp,
but I wanted to ride this day down into night,
to sit alone and smooth the unreadable page
with the pale gray ghost of my hand.

What do you think?


  1. Thank you! You know how much I love Ted Kooser, and it being about reading makes it very appropriate for my birthday. 🙂

  2. Beth Hoffman says

    Oh, you know how I love Ted Kooser’s work! I envisioned an old man remembering how, as a boy, he once rode a sled down a hill in the moonlight.

  3. Lovely poem, like the words “ride the night down.”

  4. I like the cowboy image–it’s as if, by “riding the day down” he is keeping it safe, within his corral of days.