The Giant Slide

By Ted Kooser b. 1939 Ted Kooser
Beside the highway, the Giant Slide
with its rusty undulations lifts
out of the weeds. It hasn’t been used   
for a generation. The ticket booth
tilts to that side where the nickels shifted   
over the years. A chain link fence keeps out   
the children and drunks. Blue morning glories   
climb halfway up the stairs, bright clusters   
of laughter. Call it a passing fancy,
this slide that nobody slides down now.   
Those screams have all gone east
on a wind that will never stop blowing   
down from the Rockies and over the plains,   
where things catch on for a little while,   
bright leaves in a fence, and then are gone.


Ted Kooser, “The Giant Slide” from One World at a Time. Copyright © 1985 by Ted Kooser. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, www.upress.pitt.edu. Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

Source: One World At A Time (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985)

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Poet Ted Kooser b. 1939

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Time & Brevity, Youth, Living

Poetic Terms Free Verse