“glass bottom boats of heaven”

Any Billy Collins fans out there? This is one of my favorites. The little image of “glass bottom boats of heaven” makes me smile every time.

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2 comments

  1. Jill

    I love Billy Collins. I taught “Introduction to Poetry” in my Introduction to Lit class.

    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.

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