Friday, October 08, 2004

Why we write

All right poets...I know that many or all of you have probably read this poem before, but I just read it today for the first time ever and I thought it was awesome, and particularily applicable to this group of poets on this particular blog. Anyway, it's by the wonderful Billy Collins.


Now it is time to say what you have to say.
The room is quiet.
The whirring fan has been unplugged,
and the girl who was tapping
a pencil on her desktop has been removed.

So tell us what was on your mind.
We want to hear the sound of your foliage,
the unraveling of your toolkit,
your songs of lonliness,
your songs of hurt.

The trains are motionless on the tracks,
the ships at rest in the harbor.
The dogs are cocking their heads
and the gods are peering down from their balloons.
The town is hushed,

and everyone here has a copy.
So tell us about your parents-
your father behind the steering wheel,
your cruel mother at the sink.
Let's hear about all the clouds you saw, all the trees.

Read the poem you brought with you tonight.
The ocean has stopped sloshing around,
and even Beethoven
is sitting up in his deathbed,
his cold hearing-horn inserted in one ear.

That just reminded me so much of our wonderfull Jack 255 class (sorry to those who were not blessed with the pleasure). We came together and told our silliest moments, our biggest fears, our worst heartbreaks. No subject was subject was off limits. That's why we were so close. We lauhged together...we cried together...we drank together...we just plain lived together, and even if it was for only a semester, it was the best I'd ever had (notice the sexual reference). Thanks again to the original DPS...I miss and love you all.

your boy will...


Blogger KTB said...

willie... ah, billy collins. i was reading "sailing alone around the room" in bed last night, and thought about posting "bar time" on here this morning. looks like you beat me to it on the billy collins posting. i can't get enough of his poem "not touching" lately. it keeps running through my head, i think i need to use it as a prompt... anyway, thanks for sharing this willie. love and miss you, see you soon (i hope)!

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Blogger *k maria** said...

i needed that today, willie...thanks. :) just thought i'd send you and billy collins some love via the DPS. i'm going to have to use that poem in my classes later this semester.... go twins. :)

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