Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday comes early

by Billy Collins

Why do we bother with the rest of the day,
the swale of the afternoon,
the sudden dip into evening,

then night with his notorious perfumes,
his many-pointed stars?

This is the best—
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso—
maybe a splash of water on the face,
a palmful of vitamins—
but mostly buzzing around the house on espresso,

dictionary and atlas open on the rug,
the typewriter waiting for the key of the head,
a cello on the radio,

and, if necessary, the windows—
trees fifty, a hundred years old
out there,
heavy clouds on the way
and the lawn steaming like a horse
in the early morning.


SandyCarlson said...

Great photo.

I love Billy but don't know this one. I feel the same way about morning. Especially Saturday morning.

Thanks for this one.

clairz said...

Noni, my bloggy friend! Thank you for introducing me to this poet. I love your photo today AND the pairing with the words.

As you can tell from the exclamation points and all caps--I, too, am one of those irritating morning people buzzing around with bare feet on the cold floor.

Got to go make COFFEE!! Have a lovely Saturday.

Marianne said...

This brought gleeful chuckles, thank you. The whole is wonderful but something about that last line.. :^)

Donna said...

Oh how Pretty and Peaceful!!! Happy weekend to you!!hughugs

Sweet Repose said...

This is every morning for me in my life, I think it's why I get up so early, I want to get all the goody out of each and every moment of sunrise.

Thanks for stopping by on this beautiful autumn morn. The sun is just topping the scarlet peaks of my neighbors trees...ahhh, the Grand Tetons of IOWAY!!!


maryt/theteach said...

Noni, my most favorite poet, Billy Collins! thank you for sharing him with me this morning! :)

Snap said...

Love the photo .... and the words ... and I heard the cackle! ;D ;D

claude said...

Hello Noni !
Happy to read you again ! Sorry but I had lost you blog.

i beati said...

lots of lake activity .. great poem sandy

Pietro said...

Very nice post. I like the image as well.
Happy Sunday!

Cloudia said...

Many happy such Noni mornings :]

Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

~Cheryl said...

What a great, good morning photo! I think "buzzing on espresso" is going to be stuck in my head for days! Thanks :)

Leora said...

Love the delicacy and simplicity of the photo.

We've got heavy clouds and what feels like eternal rain.

Hootin' Anni said...

This is just so wondrous. I love the photo...and I love the poetry.

You've captured my heart with this post.

I hope your Sunday is peaceful and filled with serenity.