Poems for the Easter Octave IV

Introduction to Poetry

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

Billy Collins

One reply on “Poems for the Easter Octave IV”

  1. I like the Happiness one best, though I copied the Updike one to another blog where we’re discussing the bodily (or not) resurrection. Thanks.

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