The Lamps Unlit
by Billy Collins
which is at least a beginning
and better than the usual blind rush
into the future, believed to reside
over the next in an infinite series of hills.
I'm all for noticing that the light
in the tops of the trees,
is different now with the grass cold
and moist, the heads of flowers yet unfolded,
all for occupying a chair by a window
or a wayside bench for an hour—
time enough to look here and there
as the caravan of time crosses the sand,
time to think of the dead and lost friends,
their faces hidden in the foliage,
and to consider the ruination of love,
a wisp of smoke rising from a chimney.
And who cares if it takes me all day
to write a poem about the dawn
and I finish in the dark with the night—
some love it best—draped across my shoulders.
From A Public Space (Issue 6)
- See also: "How To Write an Aubade" by Brian McDonald