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Billy Collins - Dear Reader

Baudelaire considers you his brother,
and Fielding calls out to you every few paragraphs 
as if to make sure you have not closed the book,
and now I am summoning you up again,
attentive ghost, dark silent figure standing 
in the doorway of these words.

Pope welcomes you into the glow of his study,
takes down a leather-bound Ovid to show you.
Tennyson lifts the latch to a moated garden,
and with Yeats you lean against a broken pear tree,
the day hooded by low clouds.

But now you are here with me,
composed in the open field of this page,
no room or manicured garden to enclose us,
no Zeitgeist marching in the background,
no heavy ethos thrown over us like a cloak.

Instead, our meeting is so brief and accidental,
unnoticed by the monocled eye of History,
you could be the man I held the door for 
this morning at the bank or post office 
or the one who wrapped my speckled fish.
You could be someone I passed on the street 
or the face behind the wheel of an oncoming car.

The sunlight flashes off your windshield,
and when I look up into the small, posted mirror,
I watch you diminish—my echo, my twin—
and vanish around a curve in this whip 
of a road we can't help traveling together.

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Poet: Billy Collins
Poem: Dear Reader

Comment 5 of 5, added on May 31st, 2013 at 11:11 AM.

Posts like this make the inetrnet such a treasure trove

Lakeisha from Nicaragua
Comment 4 of 5, added on November 24th, 2011 at 3:02 AM.
Sangat instruktif

apa yang saya cari, terima kasih

Drossispecige from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on May 17th, 2010 at 9:59 AM.
Saya setuju

mengapa tidak:)

fannexarbikib-tool from United States

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