Sunday, April 5, 2009


(A poem by Billy Collins former United States Poet Laureate)

Each one is a gift, no doubt,
mysteriously placed in your waking hand
or set upon your forehead
moments before you open your eyes.

Today begins cold and bright,
the ground heavy with snow
and the thick masonry of ice,
the sun glinting off the turrets of clouds.

Through the calm eye of the window
everything is in its place
but so precariously
this day might be resting somehow

on the one before it,
all the days of the past stacked high
like the impossible tower of dishes
entertainers used to buid on stage.

No wonder you find yourself
perched on the top of a tall ladder
hoping to add one more.
Just another Wednesday,

you whisper,
then holding your breath,
place this cup on yesterday's saucer
without the slightest clink.


Susan's Snippets said...

DVF - A great reading on this COLD, SNOWY Chicago Day. What the heck happened to Spring??

Thanks for the post.

i want to roast

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I just want to alert you to be on the lookout for an email from me about a new poetry journal.

Linda S. Socha said...

I love the poetry of Collins. Thanks for sharing this one