A Stroll in the Garden

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

Balsam Arrowroot

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

Balsam Arrowroot

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

Balsam Arrowroot

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

Balsam Arrowroot

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

Crown Imperial

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

Crown Imperial

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

Crown Imperial

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

Rusted Wheel

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.


From Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins


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6 responses to “A Stroll in the Garden

  1. Scrolling felt like strolling while reading your post/poem/photo journaling.
    Yummy morning opener, Laura.
    -virtual hug-

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  2. Love, love, LOVE every single one of these pictures. And the poem. ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. So glad to see Spring has well and truly arrived in your garden. It’s great to hear the bees buzzing again isn’t it?


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