Friday, March 16, 2018

Poetry Friday: Billy Collins Again, Because I Need Him Today

In "Today," Billy Collins splendiferously evokes the unadulterated joy of that day -- that moment -- when the heart and mind and soul know and believe that Spring has truly landed.

In Nebraska?

Today is not that day.

But I know that day is on the way. So, for today, I give you "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

(Read the poem, here, at The Poetry Foundation.)




And just because I love Simon and Garfunkel, I'm also sending you directly to Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup, for a review (and giveaway!) of a perfectly delicious picture book bio of the duo. 

Long before Spotify and other diabolically convenient methods of indulging musical obsessions were a thing, I used to tell Atticus that balance in the universe could be achieved by a radio station that played All-Simon-and-Garfunkel-All-The-Time. 

So. That's that. 

Happy Poetry Friday. 

Happy Dreaming of Spring. 

Happy Sounds of Silence. 


Linda B said...

We have had a few of "that kind of day", yet it is iffy I know, here in March. Yet we can celebrate as Billy Collins does whenever we can! I shared the Simon & Garfunkel book this past week, too & agree that everyone should read Jama's post. I love that you want just an S & G radio station! Thanks for the happy post, Karen.

jama said...

Thanks for the Billy Collins fix -- what a GLORIOUS poem! Hope you get one of those perfect spring days very soon, Karen.

And of course I LOVE your idea of an all S&G radio station. I agree that it would set so many things right in the universe. Thanks for the link love, too! A-a-a-pril -- come she will . . .

Karen Edmisten said...

Linda, I've been out of the loop and I missed your glorious post on that glorious book! I shall have to go take a look. :)

Jama, yes, I'm hanging on to thoughts of April. :)

Kiesha Shepard said...

Spring will find its way to you soon, Karen! This is a great Billy Collins poem to lean on. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Michelle Kogan said...

Thanks for bringing us a little spring, via Billy Collins and his refreshing poem. Hope spring hurries on a bit faster, thanks!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

We had a spring day so perfect - about 3 weeks ago! Then winter came back with 3 giant storms...ugh. Bu thank you for perking up our day with this, Karen!

Kay said...

This is indeed a splendiferous poem! We've had a day or two almost like that, but spring is teasing us here in Indiana as we are preparing for a winter storm that might give us our largest snowfall yet--on the first day of spring, no less! Oh well, the crocuses and daffodils assure me that spring will come.

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for a much-needed dose of Billy Collins! Let's definitely let those inhabitants out of the snow globe. (The East Coast probably feels like that's them! We are expecting more tonight in Ohio!) said...

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