Sunday Morning

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight…
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

– Billy Collins, from “Today” in Poetry Magazine,  April 2000

Notes: Photo: Kittux with Canary. Quote: Thank you Whiskey River


  1. I am having a day just like this! Hope you are too. xo

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  2. Fling those arms wide open and breathe deeply…

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  3. billy collins is magic and has captured the day perfectly.

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  4. Relax... says:

    Like a DnD “medium with extra cream and two sugars” which replaced the iced, cream-stuffed maple square, Billy Collins is a rare but always planned treat. He is so spot on, and so funny. I hope this Spring is being a hand-holder for us all — we waited so long for it this time, didn’t we?

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Sunay … ‘today is just that kind of day!’

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  6. Sawsan says:

    Blue and White dome…
    Love it.
    Yesterday was like that. And it slowed down and felt like 2 days but still didn’t want it to end.

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  7. Christie says:

    ” the garden bursting with peonies seemed so etched in sunlight…” the light was upon the land and the land gave off light and Joy..//// It is wet here, We had such a thunder and lightening storm last night…little sleep and the poor sweet pets were scared..I look forward to the flowering Peonies that are just opening…I hope the rain doesn’t or hasn’t destroyed my peonies…

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  8. Delightful poem. “It touched something deep inside me: light and fleeting – as if a butterfly’s wing had brushed my cheek.” Joy

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  9. montanalulu says:

    ‘love billy collins!

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  10. LOVE IT – yes, my Sunday was like this…. and I would never want to have a caged bird. Although I have ‘met’ a brilliant parrot a short moment ago, caged in a HUGE cage, he may fly around in the large house but mustn’t be let outside. He was found years ago in the street and the owner wasn’t found ever. So he stayed with the couple and he is great fun. But the owner said to be the total childminder of this bird and when they are on hols they need somebody LIVING at their place to look (and speak) to their baby. But in general, my feeling is that birds should be outside, and do their bird-thing….

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