Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Feb. 10, 2013

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Feb. 10, 2013

It seems that love poems have a better chance of being passed around from person to person than other poems, and here's one by Richard M. Berlin, who lives in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, that we'd like to pass along to you.

Einstein's Happiest Moment

Einstein's happiest moment

occurred when he realized

a falling man falling

beside a falling apple

could also be described

as an apple and a man at rest

while the world falls around them.

And my happiest moment

occurred when I realized

you were falling for me,

right down to the core, and the rest,

relatively speaking, has flown past

faster than the speed of light.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (http://www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It also is supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright 2011 by Berlin from his most recent book of poems, "Secret Wounds" (BkMk Press, 2011). Poem reprinted by permission of Berlin and the publisher. Introduction copyright 2013 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 to '06. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

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