Lightly Child, Lightly.

…And I should mention the light

which falls through the big windows this time of day

italicizing everything it touches…

Billy Collins, from “Old Man Eating Alone in a Chinese Restaurant” in Ballistics: Poems (Picador; June 18, 2009)



  • Photo: DK @ Daybreak. 6:30 am, October 7, 2021. 55° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Beauty,

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  2. OMG – the light in that one tiny part of the by far not ordinary poem by Billy Collins. 😉

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  3. Magnificent!

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  4. Ah, the light. 🙂 And did you know Billy ran a live “Poetry Broadcast” on Facebook every day for at least the first year of the pandemic? I think he’s still doing it a couple of times a week.

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  5. Another amazing sunrise. We don’t get them like that on the west coast. We get the sunsets, but not the sunrises like this because here, the sun rises over land (which we have to our east). I think that’s the reason anyway.

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Early morning light … “Billy Collins, from “Old Man Eating Alone in a Chinese Restaurant” in Ballistics: Poems (Picador; June 18, 2009)”


  7. That light! and all those creatures awaiting it along with our personal photographer! “Italicizing” …a description from that wonderful poet’s mind of Billy Collins…

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  8. I was drawn in and got lost in the beauty, as I imagined how each breath in and out, enriched my lungs…my heart silently, pumped blood throughout my body…warming, nourishing…brain and soul engaged…Joy Forward… /// I love the title of Billy Collins, poem 🙂

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  9. Magic! 👏👏👏

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  10. Perfect photo and words 🙏

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  11. Bangin’ on the love button, pal!

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