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By The Say-er of It 05/23/12 at 11:47AM

I found this on the Poetry 180 website. It is poem number 001. The site is well worth the bother of looking.

Cheers, Kevin

Introduction to Poetry
Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.  


By jonathan on 05/27/12 at 2:39PM
it's good
By Karen on 06/05/12 at 11:07AM
Really good (:
By mya on 06/05/12 at 7:46PM
very beautiful

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