POETRY

SEPTEMBER 2016

The Little Bird Nesters, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1873-1874), {PD-US}

The Little Bird Nesters, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1873-1874), {PD-US}

A Summer Linden

by TED KOOSER

This tree has a thousand little windows
that it throws open in the fall, but today

it’s closed its painted shutters over them
and the rooms are shadowy and cool

but for the one in which an oriole
has pulled its perch up to its fire.