Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Billy Collins Poems

41. The First Dream 1/13/2003
42. The First Night 4/8/2015
43. The Iron Bridge 1/13/2003
44. The Lanyard 5/11/2015
45. The Names 10/5/2011
46. The Only Day In Existence 1/13/2003
47. Thesaurus 1/13/2003
48. Today 1/13/2003
49. Tomes 1/13/2003
50. Walking Across The Atlantic 1/13/2003
51. Workshop 4/14/2015
52. Writing In The Afterlife 5/14/2015
Best Poem of Billy Collins

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,
but that is because you have forgotten
the perfect simplicity of being one
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a ...

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Pinup

The murkiness of the local garage is not so dense
that you cannot make out the calendar of pinup
drawings on the wall above a bench of tools.
Your ears are ringing with the sound of
the mechanic hammering on your exhaust pipe,
and as you look closer you notice that this month's
is not the one pushing the lawn mower, wearing
a straw hat and very short blue shorts,
her shirt tied in a knot just below her breasts.

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