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It's Still Friday

. . . and I really need some poetry!

These last couple of days have been a bit, well . . . not quite what I'd expected. But here I am. Everything all working out and tied up with neat little bows and everything. (Y'know, when you lose internet these days . . . you lose so much.) (Just sayin.)


When I need comfort, I turn to my favorite poets. This morning? Billy Collins. And this is a perfect day (at least here in my corner of the world) for this particular poem. (And, yeah. I know it feels more like summer than spring . . . but it's technically still spring. For a couple more days, at least.)




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 sprouting tulips

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.


My best wishes to all of you . . . for a weekend filled with peace and solace, time to rest - and things that bring you joy.

(And maybe some poetry, too.)


Today's poem was published in Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, by Billy Collins, 2013, Random House.  Information about the poet can be found here. (If you haven't discovered the wonder of Billy Collins yet, oh do give his poetry a read!)



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Beautiful, and an apt description of the day we are having here. I have indeed thrown open the windows now that the pine pollen has dissipated due to yesterday's rain.


I so look forward to your Friday poetry posts! They are a wonderful way to begin the weekend and engender peace, solace, and joy. I hope you and your released paperweight people have a truly wonderful weekend (complete with internet)!


The perfect poem to capture my feelings today! After some humidity and rain today was the type of day you long for all winter long. Have a good weekend!


I am with Bonny... these Friday poems are just the best thing. I am off to find some Billy Collins at my library. Thank you as always for your sharing new-to-me poets!


After some decidedly summer-like days, we had the perfect spring day here yesterday, so this poem feels very apt!

Have a great weekend, Kym!


This is THE perfect poem for today. I love Billy Collins, in part, because YOU introduced him to me!


Billy Collins says it well - as always. Thanks Kym. Although the calendar says Spring, it sure feels like summer here. I'd love a few cooler June days.

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