Introduction To Poetry

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 Billy Collins

Comments (56)

fxck this is shxt lol
A great poem, thank you Billy for sharing
How can I contribute a poem here? Thanks!
I love this poem for your humour, you see the funny side of people trying their damndest to find more in a poet than, maybe, was ever intended.
ha ha very nice. Felt it quite well
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