Day three – Hump day!
The first time I read a Billy Collins poem, I knew I had to have more. I finished reading all the online poems available and then started ordering his books, one by one. I now have a (I think) pretty kickass collection of his poetry books and I lend them out to my friends every chance I get – have to share the love some how.
The way that this poem changed my life is a personal and anecdotal one. One time when I was reading a book of Billy Collins poetry, my Father asked the age old question of ‘what are you reading?’ My answer to his question was to flip back through the pages and read him No Time. Like this poem it was a moment I will remember, at the last word we were both silent, it was after about five seconds of us just sharing a look, my Father uttered a single, ‘hunh,’ and walked away.
That’s what I love about this poem, the ‘hunh’ moment. It’s nice, it’s simple, and it leaves you thinking about that small moment. Once again, I don’t understand why this poem has stayed with me or had such a profound, all I know is that when I think about Billy Collins, I think of this poem.
Have you ever read a poem or novel that has just made you stop and think, ‘hunh?’ It could have been a poignant moment, a surprise reveal, or even a small phrase that has just struck you. If you’ve ever had a moment like this – let me know!