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The Lanyard

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The other day as I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room
bouncing from typewriter to piano
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
I found myself in the 'L' section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word, Lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one more suddenly into the past.
A past where I sat at a workbench
at a camp by a deep Adirondack lake

learning how to braid thin plastic strips into a lanyard.
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Monday, May 11, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: mother
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
shut up 13 January 2018

this is boring and annoying and nobody really cares that much about a poem

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Joseph Pedulla 15 December 2017

I no more believe he thought a gift of a lanyard made them even than I believe he made the lanyard on Mars. No child has such thoughts. Collins does not tell the truth. Children give things to their mothers to make them happy, not to keep an account even, a thought that has never crossed the mind of a single child since the dawn of creation- except for Collinsized children, I guess. God! Tell the truth about us! ! !

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Jan in Honolulu 09 May 2021

I know in my heart that every pin, macaroni art piece, every yarn lei my boys gave me was given with all their hearts with overwhelming gratitude for the love I had and still for them.

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Saber Athena 12 August 2018

The author was only trying to say that he his trying to say that that he is finding a way to repay his mother’s love.

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Larry Lynch 11 December 2015

rueful is the perfect word. And as an aside, now we know that Billy Collins plays piano, or at least has one in his studio. The poem also shows the process of finding poetic ideas randomly, a cool concept for teaching students to seek out where poems hide.

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... 21 October 2021

Such a beautiful poem!

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... 21 October 2021

good poem it amazing

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Charlotte Harrell 06 July 2020

I'm onboard for your poetry Mastercourse; these are the first two of your poems I have read. The Lanyard and The Iron Bridge. Both poems make me glad I took the course. I feel sure we can talk, now.

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destiny 19 November 2018

why did you change spacing and words? it was beautiful the way it was

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Saber Athena 12 August 2018

It lets me feel very emotional about this Poem when it talked about the part where the mother had taken care of the author and through this poem, I leaned that mother’s love is very nice to all the kids who were/was their children.

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