14 April 2011

Poem on My Blog day

It's Poem in Your Pocket day today, and spring is upon us, so pretend I just pulled this poem out of my pocket, just for you.


If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.
-Billy Collins

(with thanks to the Poetry Foundation for having such a nice website)


De said...

Billy Collins is a perfect choice for pocket poems. He makes it look easy, he does.

Here is my pocket poem, by Wordsworth:


Harriet M. Welsch said...

Thanks for sharing this. I've got a poem in my pocket post today too (say that three times fast and be glad my pocket poem poet's poem is not penned by Pindar).

bipolarlawyercook said...

I don't carry poems in my pocket
but sometimes they fly into my head,
compose themselves on my lips as I drive.
It's very inconvenient
when I try to scribble them
into my notebook at 75 on the highway.
Phoning them in just isn't the same.

: )

painted maypole said...

i need that kind of a day.