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

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

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

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

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

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

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

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

Analysis, meaning and summary of Billy Collins's poem Today


  1. majid says:

    this poem arises a beatifule and alive sense to us , a
    seence which may fresh dark and bitter mood of day ,it was very good by now which everything appears bitter !!! thanks.Majid FM Iran

  2. llynette says:

    This is a poem that reminds me of that first perfect spring day, when magically, overnight, fields are green and daffodils and dandelions are everywhere!

    My version of March Madness
    when last night while I slept
    vandals were afoot
    red breasted birds burt with news of the
    windy moon
    stealhily spraying all the fields green,
    trees blushing wiht what they’ve seen
    moon dancing on lawns
    decoringing them with daffodils and dandelions!
    The sun, even refusing to go to bed!

  3. ruth says:

    THis is a beautiful poem!

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