Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Invention - Poem by Billy Collins

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.


Comments about Invention by Billy Collins

  • (2/18/2018 1:51:00 AM)


    Good poem.....can i hav some more poem related to inventions or inventors (Report) Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (11/11/2017 3:32:00 AM)


    The moon inspires the poet in him. Wonderfully expressed! (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2016 7:07:00 PM)

    Invention
    Oh, if only writing good poetry were this easy! ! ! BUT IT'S NOT! ! ! ! ! When are we going to see through the thinly veiled disguise of this fraud? ? ? He's not a poet! Not by a long shot. He just puts together some simple pleasant thoughts into verse lines- that's all. We get something very like this in a Hallmark card! ! ! And the language! So pleasant, so SWEET! ! ! AWWWWWWWW! ! ! ! ! ! ! I feel tears coming on. Makes me want to puke. (Report) Reply

  • Gandalf The Grey (8/24/2016 11:36:00 AM)


    Nice representation of the various shapes or positions of the moon in a deliberate way.I like it (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/24/2016 8:30:00 AM)


    The poem presents a wonderful landscape of night sky with studded with moon and stars in attendance. It also reflects a philosophy of life. Thanks for sharing the poem, Billy Collins.
    and I will have a few nights / to myself / a little time to rest my jittery pen.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/24/2016 5:23:00 AM)


    Floating in the night with the muse of nature! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (8/24/2016 5:22:00 AM)


    Beautifully envisioned amazing fantasy. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

    (10/25/2016 7:09:00 PM)

    Amazing fantasy? Are you serious? If that's amazing, then what is Frost? God?

  • (7/20/2011 8:36:00 PM)


    Wonderful fantasy. I have to write 20 characters (though Kyle didn't, I so hate injustice) so I will say it again. Wonderful fantasy. (Report) Reply

  • (6/28/2008 9:28:00 PM)


    nice write. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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