Treasure Island

Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Poems of Billy Collins

1. Another Reason Why I Don't Keep A Gun In The House 1/13/2003
2. By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusa 1/13/2003
3. Candle Hat 1/13/2003
4. Child Development 1/13/2003
5. Consolation 1/13/2003
6. Dear Reader 1/13/2003
7. Embrace 2/13/2007
8. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July 1/13/2003
9. Flames 1/13/2003
10. For Bartleby The Scrivener 1/13/2003
11. Forgetfulness 1/13/2003
12. I Ask You 1/13/2003
13. I Chop Some Parsley While Listening To Art Blakey's Version Of "Three Blind Mice" 1/13/2003
14. I Go Back To The House For A Book 1/13/2003
15. Introduction To Poetry 1/13/2003
16. Invention 1/13/2003
17. Japan 1/13/2003
18. Litany 1/13/2003
19. Madmen 1/13/2003
20. Man Listening To Disc 1/13/2003

On Turning Ten

The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I'm coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light--
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

You tell me it is too early to be looking back,

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