If this doesn’t make you appreciate poetry, you’re dead inside!


I saw this yesterday, but didn’t have to post it. You may have seen it already, but just in case, this is well worth the two minutes it takes to watch it. Billy Collins‘ poetry has never sounded so cute. I give you Billy Collins’ poem Litany read by an unnamed and uber adorable 3-year-old. BTW – This isn’t just a cute trick. Studies have shown that developing memorization skills at an early age can help with cognitive skills and reading comprehension. This kids probably going to be president. Would be it be weird to hire him to read the audio version of The Takers?

In case you want to read along:

Litany by Billy Collins

“You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.

And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.

It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.

I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.

I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman’s tea cup.
But don’t worry, I’m not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and–somehow–the wine.”

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