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SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

[Two Poems]

by Billy Collins

Pausing on a Walk in the Woods

The wind blowing in these trees
is the same wind that blows by the hospital
for children and the institute for the blind.

But it is not the same wind that blew
my father’s hat off at the beach
one afternoon, causing him to chase
after it, scaring up the white birds along the shore.

No, that wind died down
years ago after searching in vain
for the mythic cave where it was said to have been born.


Empty House

I wonder—
did you happen
to play something
on the piano

before you left
or was it just the wind
from the open door
that turned the page?



SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

Billy Collins

has been characterized by The New York Times as America’s favorite poet. His poems are accessible, clever, entertaining, skillfully made, and often highly amusing. He is also a brilliantly entertaining public reader of his poetry. Collins was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2001 and held the position until 2003. He was Poet Laureate for the State of New York from 2004 until 2006.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury