Today

Inspired by Billy Collins’ poem

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…

By Billy Collins

By River Brown

If ever there were a day so clear,

So clean lifted with fresh swirling air

That it made me want to dash

Outdoors every few minutes

And check on how much the artichoke grew,

And eye the buds that just opened

A day when sunshine has cool shade

The coral fritillarias flutter on rosemary

A day so light and fine that

I feel like moving outdoors

Dragging out my bedroom furniture

Choice items from the pantry

To set up camp in the backyard

In the company of crows nesting in the redwood

Moving into a room of sunlight and clean breezes

Yes, it’s that kind of day.

Published by River Brown

Grant Writer with the San José Area Writing Project, B.A. Serigraphy, San José State University, M.A. Ed, Teaching & Learning, National Hispanic University, San Jose, Ca, Retired Intervention Specialist.

One thought on “Today

  1. Oh my how I love your poem. The imagery is gorgeous. The language is lovely. The image you creat makes me want to camp out in my backyard tonight, already I thinking of those choice items from my pantry.

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