Tuesday, March 22, 2011

the people's poet

"And when my heart is beating too
rapidly in the dark, I will go
downstairs in a robe,
open up to a blank page,
and try to settle on the blue lines
whatever it is that seems to be the matter."
- Billy Collins, Journal

It's the birthday of former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins who reminds us of the need to have a place to go to work out the things that weigh on our heart. Maybe yours is a sketchbook, a kitchen counter with measuring spoons laid out, a rectangle of dirt in the backyard where the tomatoes grow, a sewing machine or the pool at the local Y. Doesn't matter, just make sure you have one.
(photo by Marcelo Noah)

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