Posted by: ktzefr | April 24, 2019

Lilacs and Poetry and a Perfect Day…

In celebration of National Poetry Month, a spring poem by Billy Collins that fits this day…and a nod to the just-blooming lilacs.

Lilacs; Photo:KFawcett

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.” 

 

Lilacs; Photo:KFawcett

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