February 10, 2013 in Features

American Life in Poetry

Ted Kooser U.S. poet laureate 2004-2006
 

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.

Poem copyright 2011 by Richard M. Berlin from his most recent book of poems, “Secret Wounds,” BkMk Press, 2011. Poem reprinted by permission of the author and the publisher. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.


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