You know the parlor trick.
wrap your arms around your own body
and from the back it looks like
someone is embracing you
her hands grasping your shirt
her fingernails teasing your neck
from the front it is another story
you never looked so alone
your crossed elbows and screwy grin
you could be waiting for a tailor
to fit you with a straight jacket
one that would hold you really tight.
Whenever I feel the blanket of my depression falling in on me I read a little Billy Collins I can always count on him to make me smile. I feel better now that I've had my Billy Collins fix!
Such a touching piece - displays all the talent of your namesake. Hugs Anna xxx
Quirky little piece. Original and fun to read. Love, Fran xx
I've had to let my straight jacket out a lttle
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A well penned descriptive verse
The poem is an epitome of poetic imagination. 'from the front it is another story' - and that's the true story'! Glad to see that the poem got the well deserved honour of being selected as the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!
A sweet poem, Billy, that causes all of us to remember and with a " screwy grin" remind ourselves that those were good...no, great...times. Give us more and more, please.
You could be waiting for a tailor to fit you with a straight jacket one that would hold you really tight. very nice poem. tony
It's older work and certainly more jovial. I really enjoy the 'two sides of the coin' motif. Especially coming around to the strait jacket...