It's one of those poems that I read and think to myself, "Dammit, I wish I had written that." My two Constant Readers know that I have a little problem with jealousy. It's one of my many character flaws. And when I find a poem that I really love, it makes me want to write a better poem. I suppose that's a good thing. Some people may say that I'm being inspired by the poem. I think I'm just competing. But that's okay. A little competition never hurt anybody.
I haven't written a new poem in several months now. I've been too wrapped up in work and teaching. By the time I get home at night, I can barely stay awake. Soon, the semester will be coming to an end, and I will have about two months before I start teaching again. Hopefully, I can start competing with Billy Collins during that time.
In the meantime, Saint Marty will just seethe with envy.
by: Billy Collins
It has been calculated that each copy of
the Gutenburg Bible . . . required the
skins of 300 sheep.
---from an article on printing
I can see them squeezed into the holding pen
behind the stone building
where the printing press is housed,
all of them squirming around
to find a little room
and looking so much alike
it would be nearly impossible
to count them,
and there is no telling
which one will carry the news
that the Lord is a shepherd,
one of the few things they already know.
|This cartoon inspired by Charles Schulz . . .|