Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Poem for Bambino

Saw this on Facebook and it reminded me to remind my love what he means to me (we'll extend Saint Valentine's Day just a bit this year):


You are the bread and the knife,
The crystal goblet and the wine...
-Jacques Crickillon

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.

by Billy Collins

Labels: poetry


Anonymous Terri said...

What a great poem! LOL!

2/15/2011 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

Sometimes our life reminds me
of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing
and in that opening a house,
an orchard and garden,
comfortable shades, and flowers
red and yellow in the sun, a pattern
made in the light for the light to return to.
The forest is mostly dark, its ways
to be made anew day after day, the dark
richer than the light and more blessed,
provided we stay brave
enough to keep on going in.

- Wendell Berry

2/16/2011 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger Julie Sadler said...

How openly loving you are Ed. A lesson for us all.

2/16/2011 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

one of my favorites.
a not to be missed rendition:

2/16/2011 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Charles Browning said...

just in case you, or anyone, hasn't seen this, Ed. A must watch!


2/16/2011 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Mab MacMoragh said...


2/16/2011 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger tanders said...

So, beautiful and moving, seems like it should be sung

2/22/2011 09:59:00 AM  

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