Well, my daddy left home when I was three,
and he didn't leave much to Ma and me,
just this old guitar and a bottle of booze.
Now I don't blame him because he run and hid,
but the meanest thing that he ever did was
before he left he went and named me Sue.
~ from "A Boy Named Sue," by Shel Silverstein.
or as a wise old haiku:
So many things
they call into my thoughts--
Poetry has a way of bringing to light aspects that we might miss otherwise in the hurdy gurdy turmoil of day to day living. As Billy Collins says:
"Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member
of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem
each day, new worlds can be revealed."
And just in time for poetry month, Collins has come out with an excellent book of new poetry. Horoscopes for the Dead, Random House, 24.00.
This book is just another excellent example of Collin's wit, and superb lyrical style of someone who writes poetry for those who do and do not consider themselves poetry readers.
To buy his latest book of poems click here. But for now enjoy this selection!
I hope you enjoy!