Monday, January 12, 2009

Billy Collins



I've noticed a flurry of Billy adulation

floating through several blogs recently,

mine included.

I am his biggest fan. In fact,

I wrote the following poem about him

last year when I made the discovery

that not only were we both born

in NYC, but we share the same birth date.

Billy...I salute you!!!


I want to kidnap you,

immobilize your transferred body,

throw you down

on white paper,

place your arms at your sides,

then grab a pitch black

pointy pencil,

outline your stock-still body,

because I'm about to

become you.

Not like you. Just you.

With ceremony,

I'll place myself within

the sketched border,

transforming, transforming...

It's only fair that this occur.


March 22nd

our mutual date of birth.

I'm the one meant to be

the celebrated poet,

to know what it's like

to have the literary world

rally round my accomplished patois.

Billy, you were meant

to take a seat and stare

at this anesthetizing screen.

And here you are,

punch drunk from lack of sleep,

clutching my napping cat

upon your sprawling lap,

wondering what you're doing here.

c 2009 all rights reserved


A Cuban In London said...

I loved your poem. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, London...I had fun doing this.

Marti said...

love it.

Marti said...
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Anonymous said...

Hi Marti-
Thank you so much!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Great poem - very thought provoking! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Raph...
We may at times try to own what we love.

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

I'm not familiar with the works of Billy Collins but as a Poet Laureate he must be good!

I did enjoy your poem though. I wonder if Mr Collins is aware of your hankering?!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Derrick-
Billy Collins is clever and funny.
Perhaps I'll send him a mutual birthday card!

Anonymous said...

To Superior-
Thank you for your comment!


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