You, Reader

poetry+friday+button-e1341309970195Four weeks into the school year, my morning routine has been sliced and diced and reconfigured into a new and less flexible shape. Already my morning writing has suffered. This week I’ve been thinking and writing about the importance of just showing up to write (here) and then resolving to do better. In this midst of these thoughts, I happened across this poem by Billy Collins–Another nudge to show up and take the time and write.

You, Reader

I wonder how you are going to feel
when you find out
that I wrote this instead of you,

that it was I who got up early
to sit in the kitchen
and mention with a pen

the rain-soaked windows,
the ivy wallpaper,
and the goldfish circling in its bowl.

If you’d like to read the poem in its entirety click here. You will also have the opportunity to click on an audio link and hear Billy Collins give an amusing introduction to the poem before reading it aloud.

You can find more poetic wonders at the Poetry Friday Roundup, hosted this week by Karen Edmisten–click here to join in the fun!

19 thoughts on “You, Reader

  1. That Billy Collins. He makes it look easy, doesn’t he?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. murphpoet says:

    Perfect. I love Billy Collins.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lindabaie says:

    Nice that he’s giving us this lesson on a Friday, so maybe the writing will happen this weekend? Best to you, Molly, too!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. What a treat. Thanks, Molly!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I remember taking a technical writing course years ago, not particularly interesting stuff, but the instructor did give me a piece of advice that has stuck with me to this day – when it comes to writing, don’t be lazy. A pianist practices every day, a basketball star practices every day, what makes you think you’re any different? Writing is like anything else, to be any good you need a little bit of talent and a whole lot of practice. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Donna Smith says:

    I love this poem – so easy. Like a well designed garment without too many distracting accessories. Just clean and simple and to the point. Time to write again.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I love how Billy Collins sneaks in his unique point of view–talking to/writing for us envious writers (he knows us well). And all the best with your re-jigged schedule!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Billy Collins always nails it, doesn’t he? I love the images in this poem, especially that bowl of pears. I’ve also found it hard to find a comfortable writing groove since school began. I know you’ll find your way back to your writing, Molly. Looking forward to reading what you discover there!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. maryleehahn says:

    Perfect way to begin the PF roundup. I, too, am struggling to find/maintain a morning writing routine. Or, if not morning, daily. It’s October. I’m gonna make it happen!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mbhmaine says:

      Good luck MaryLee! I’ve decided to go for time rather than volume right now and see if that’s easier for me to manage. Keeping my fingers crossed for both of us!


  10. Amy Warntz says:

    You, Molly, are nudging not only yourself to show up but you are nudging me. It’s time to place the pen to the paper and the fingers to the the keys. As always, thanks for sharing a great poem and for the inspiration!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. dmayr says:

    Leave it to Billy Collins to shame us into doing our writing. I’ve written any number of things that I never got around to finishing and later found someone else had written, and published, a book on the same subject. If only I had finished…

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s