Poetry Friday: Spring, Spring Break, and Billy Collins

Poetry Friday is hosted by Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
A beautiful day in New Jersey!  I haven’t been out of my building yet, but I see signs of Spring (really!) just outside my classroom window.  A row of daffodills stand at attention against the white picket fence just across the street…and a circle of delicate white lily of the valley intertwine with violet crocuses at the base of our flagpole.  Best of all, I can open my classroom windows to hear the cardinal perched on the tree right outside our building.  No…best of all, when the bell rings at 3:05 this afternoon, it will be the clarion call for Spring Break!!!  And here, in that spirit of welcoming Spring and celebrating, is an exuberant poem by Billy Collins.



Billy Collins
If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.


7 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Spring, Spring Break, and Billy Collins

  1. We had that kind of day too, Tara! I imagine you're already in bed, but just think, tomorrow begins your break! I'm back a week now, back to the business of the end of the year! Oh boy! I don't know this poem, so thank you so much. It's wonderful! Have a wonderful break!

  2. I love Billy Collins! What a perfect poetry selection. It was 78 degrees here today. Our daffodils finally came out yesterday. What a treat this weather is. (89 by Wed. won't be as much of a springtime treat!)

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