I usually prefer short poems
with their bright burst of enlightenment
like finger-of-god sun rays
that suddenly pierce the clouds
But I savor your longer poems
that touch me from years and miles away
as a growing dawn developing into a sunburst
that I should have expected
but always find me surprised
For more on Billy Collins, check out his page on the Poetry Foundation. Scroll to the bottom for a sampling of his poetry.
Photo of Billy Collins by Steven Kovich.
Originally posted 08/09/2019.