Friday, May 23, 2014

Poetry Friday -- Today by Billy Collins

Peony and Ant by Mary Lee Hahn

by Billy Collins

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...

Ahh...five more days of school...need I say more?

Violet has today's Poetry Friday roundup at Violet Nesdoly / Poems

Please note that Jone and Buffy have traded weeks at the end of next month. Jone will be hosting on June 20 and Buffy will have June 27.


  1. Just lovely. Looking forward to one of these days!

  2. My peonies are just opening-late this year. We have two more weeks. I love the final week, so much celebration! Hope yours is perfect, Mary Lee.

  3. Thank you SO much for sharing this poem! This is the first time I've read it. Thank you.

    I posted about Russian Dolls...

  4. Thanks for the BC fix! Such an exhilarating poem. Perfect for the weekend and the coming of summer.

  5. Exhilarating is, indeed, the word! And I knew the last line before I clicked to read the rest of the poem...which normally isn'ta good thing, but in this case it was satisfying!

  6. This is one of my favorites of Billy Collins. I even wrote my own version once. I love the part about releasing the snow globe people. He's a master!
    Today was my last day of school. I came home and took a 2 hour nap. Now I'm ready.

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  8. Collins is violent in his support of spring, isn't he? Enjoy your release from the cage, Mary Lee!

    Violet N.

  9. Enjoy your last week! It's great to be able to throw open some windows after this past winter.

  10. Thanks for the fix, Mary Lee! I think I love this poem more each time I read it.

  11. What an image! I don't think I've ever read this poem before! Enjoy those last five days!

  12. Yes! I love this one. Can't wait...three more days for us...


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