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Saturday, November 20, 2021

‘Like Taking A Little Journey’

 “I'm trying to write poems that involve beginning at a known place, and ending up at a slightly different place. I'm trying to take a little journey from one place to another, and it's usually from a realistic place, to a place in the imagination.” – Billy Collins 

Two-time poet laureate of the U.S., Collins has a basketful of  awards for his poems – which range from humorous to thought-provoking to deeply moving, like “On Rhyme," “After the Funeral,” and “Thanksgiving.”    
After witnessing a lunar eclipse this past week, 
it seeemed appropriate for the following Collins’ offering for our
Saturday’s Poem.                              



Tonight the moon is a cracker,
with a bite out of it
floating in the night,

and in a week or so
according to the calendar
it will probably look

like a silver football,
and nine, maybe ten days ago
it reminded me of a thin bright claw.

But eventually --
by the end of the month,
I reckon --

it will waste away
to nothing,
nothing but stars in the sky,

and I will have a few nights
to myself,
a little time to rest my jittery pen.


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