Roy Clements

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Roy Clements Poems

1. I Wish I'D Written That 2/9/2006

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I Wish I'D Written That

(After Billy Collins)

I understand your method – you sitting
behind a window in a quiet room (which
I imagine to be dimly lit) , with sleepy dog,

your pencil sharpened to a fine point,
poised above a clean white sheet,
expecting verses from the bending trees.

The pencil seems a thin knife with which
you peel back a moment’s orange skin,
to give a reader’s tongue the tang of now.

On a number of occasions past I’ve sat,
as now, behind a window here at home,
my wife reading in another chair,

me with your short triplet verses ...

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