Poem of the Month: April

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
— Edgar Allan Poe
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
— Edgar Allan Poe

Billy Collins describes the beauty of one singular day, and I can picture it clearly. I love this poem as a reminder of spring and what it could be like. I am longing for a day like “Today.”

Today

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 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.

 

(Image found here.)

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