Poetry Friday: “A Box of Pastels”


“A Box of Pastels”
by Ted Kooser

I once held on my knees a simple wooden box
in which a rainbow lay dusty and broken.
It was a set of pastels that had years before
belonged to the painter Mary Cassatt
and all of the colors she’d used in her work
lay open before me.

Read the rest of the poem here.

Mary Cassatt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Mary Cassatt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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4 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “A Box of Pastels”

  1. I wonder if it’s true, that he did have that box? What a nice sentiment, to contemplate Cassatt’s work by gazing at the pastels. I love that end: “and left there with light on the tips of my fingers”. Thanks, Catherine!


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