Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Splash du Jour: Tuesday

[A superb poem by the one & only, Billy Collins]

The Dead

The dead are always looking down on us, they say.
while we are putting on our shoes or eating a steak,
they are looking down through the glass bottom boats of heaven
as they row themselves slowly through eternity.

They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth,
and when we lie down in a field or on a couch,
drugged perhaps by the hum of a long afternoon,
they think we are looking back at them,
which makes them lift their oars and fall silent
and wait, like parents, for us to close our eyes.

-- Billy Collins –

Have a great Tuesday!


Beth said...

I like to think so.

(I love the image of "the glass bottom boats of heaven.")

cipriano said...

Billy Collins comes up with such great stuff.
He's one of my favorite poets, for sure.