Poem Favoured – 08/03/08

I just LOVE Billy Collins.
I mean, how can one not when he’s putting out gems like this:

Love
-Billy Collins

The boy at the far end of the train car
kept looking behind him
as if he were afraid or expecting someone

and then she appeared in the glass door
of the forward car and he rose
and opened the door and let her in

and she entered the car carrying
a large black case
in the unmistakable shape of a cello.

She looked like an angel with a high forehead
and somber eyes and her hair
was tied up behind her neck with a black bow.

And because of all that,
he seemed a little awkward
in his happiness to see her,

whereas she was simply there,
perfectly existing as a creature
with a soft face who played the cello.

And the reason I am writing this
on the back of a manila envelope
now that they have left the train together

is to tell you that when she turned
to lift the large, delicate cello
onto the overhead rack,

I saw him looking up at her
and what she was doing
the way the eyes of saints are painted

when they are looking up at God
when he is doing something remarkable,
something that identifies him as God.

11 comments

  1. paisley · March 8, 2008

    that was lovely… thank you so much for sharing it….

  2. howard · March 9, 2008

    Great choice. I’ve always been fan of Collins’ work, and this poem is at the top of that list for me, too.

  3. krkbaker · March 10, 2008

    I need to buy some more poetry you know. Need inspiration.

  4. Phoenix · March 13, 2008

    Indeed, thanks for sharing.

    I also noticed that you still have my two failed blogs – game reviews and soundtrack reviews – on your blogroll. They don’t exist anymore. 😀

    Take care.

  5. alison · March 15, 2008

    Okay. I’m never going to write again. Why do they make it look so easy? This is great Benjamin. Ali

  6. zaphodfreek · March 16, 2008

    Yeah BUT
    you’re also amazing Alison.
    And if you stop I shall spend many sleepless nights crying into my pillow
    …..or the more manly equivalent,
    whatever that may be.

  7. Murder of Ravens · March 18, 2008

    At least she didn’t drop the cello. 😉

    -smith

  8. Ali · March 18, 2008

    Smith!!! You make me laugh. Benjamin, just share a pint with me and I shall never stop writing 😉

    The more manly thing? If I catch a guy crying into his pillow over me or my writing, I’m going to bed with him!!!! Wait…

  9. zaphodfreek · March 18, 2008

    Haha.
    :]
    I’d love to! We’ll have to go for one over here though
    as I’m not legal in the states….
    Only 19, you know.

  10. Murder of Ravens · March 18, 2008

    The more manly thing? If I catch a guy crying into his pillow over me or my writing, I’m going to bed with him!!!!

    Gosh, Ali, I bawl like a baby over your blog every night. I think I need some consoling. {sniff} 😈

    -smith

  11. Murder of Ravens · March 18, 2008

    The more manly thing? If I catch a guy crying into his pillow over me or my writing, I’m going to bed with him!!!!

    Gosh, Ali, I bawl like a baby over your blog every night. I think I need some consoling. {sniff} 😈

    -smith

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