poet Billy Collins

Billy Collins

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Shoveling Snow With Buddha

In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok
you would never see him doing such a thing,
tossing the dry snow over a mountain
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Topic(s) of this poem: snow


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  • katie (9/11/2020 2:29:00 PM)

    the boots stand dripping by the door

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/25/2020 10:14:00 AM)

    Aaah, says the Buddha, lifting his eyes
    and leaning for a moment on his shovel
    before he drives the thin blade again
    deep into the glittering white snow. a fine poem. tony

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  • Mr.PoopiePants (5/10/2019 11:55:00 AM)

    This Poem is very good. Billy Collins is a VERY GOOD FRICKIN POET SUBCRIBE TO PEWDIEPIE OR DARTHVADER! ! ! ! ! ! BTW THIS KID NAMED M I L E S IS

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  • Tommy Stroller (8/5/2018 4:27:00 PM)

    A fine piece of work, nicely judged between the practical acts of snow-clearing and the Zen of its uselessness

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  • Madeline Bishop (3/28/2018 6:37:00 PM)

    Does any one else who reads/likes French poetry see that his voice is much like that of Jacques Prévert? Prévert is also considered a people's poet although I think his use of the poem's structure to convey meaning is perhaps a bit more skillful than that of Collins. Regardless, I love them both!

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  • Dorrie King (4/30/2017 4:48:00 PM)

    Doesn't he mean Wat, a temple in Thailand, and not Wok?

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    Ilene Kasper(11/24/2017 10:30:00 AM)

    HI Dorrie, I interpreted the use of the word wok (a type of pan used in Chinese cooking) to symbolize a statue of Buddha that you often see in Asian restaurants.

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  • Kinyua KaranjaKinyua Karanja (7/8/2015 2:19:00 AM)

    Great poem of these days I just liked it.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/29/2015 8:06:00 AM)

    A marvelous poem and it is good.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/29/2015 8:03:00 AM)

    Great imagination and it is a nice poem.

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  • Ellie- Daphne (3/22/2012 4:08:00 AM)

    multi-layered art of poetry

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  • Russell Guard (7/6/2008 3:34:00 PM)

    'he inside his generous pocket of silence'.....how Yeats would have loved that line
    and wished it was his own!

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    larry potalivo(10/23/2018 5:58:00 AM)

    Well said, there are some that would do well to find a pocket of silence. Thanks to Mr Collins and his melody of words and wisdom.

    Joseph Pedulla(10/26/2016 6:13:00 AM)

    Yeats would not have been so stupid as to put such a fine image in the midst of pablum like this. You really cannot think this is poetry, can you? This easy, prose-quality, Hallmark rubbish? As E. Berdovsky says so well, From mawkish to sentimental to pseudo-profound! ! ! ! !

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