Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
April 30th, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 313,715 comments.
Billy Collins - The Only Day In Existence

The early sun is so pale and shadowy,
I could be looking up at a ghost
in the shape of a window,
a tall, rectangular spirit
looking down at me in bed,
about to demand that I avenge
the murder of my father.
But the morning light is only the first line
in the play of this day--
the only day in existence--
the opening chord of its long song,
or think of what is permeating
the thin bedroom curtains

as the beginning of a lecture
I will listen to until it is dark,
a curious student in a V-neck sweater,
angled into the wooden chair of his life,
ready with notebook and a chewed-up pencil,
quiet as a goldfish in winter,
serious as a compass at sea,
eager to absorb whatever lesson
this damp, overcast Tuesday
has to teach me,
here in the spacious classroom of the world
with its long walls of glass,
its heavy, low-hung ceiling.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 6578 times | Comments and analysis of The Only Day In Existence by Billy Collins Comments (26)

The Only Day In Existence - Comments and Information

Poet: Billy Collins
Poem: The Only Day In Existence

Comment 26 of 26, added on April 6th, 2016 at 6:15 AM.
oRLqmzSreLWlHwH

TtCH4G It as not that I want to copy your web site, but I really like the layout. Could you let me know which design are you using? Or was it especially designed?

sophie fiverr from Brazil
Comment 25 of 26, added on March 31st, 2016 at 6:57 AM.
mIyUeNuVbj

SPzoix Me English no great, but had to say me like what you say. Thank you from me.

coco ser vice from Costa Rica
Comment 24 of 26, added on March 1st, 2016 at 6:40 AM.
yuunoNDSwe

Lu3Uc3 Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you ever been running a blog for? you made running a blog look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content material!

cocoservice from Ghana

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, The Only Day In Existence, has received 26 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Collins Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links