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(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

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Embrace

You know the parlor trick.
wrap your arms around your own body
and from the back it looks like
someone is embracing you
her hands grasping your shirt
her fingernails teasing your neck
from the front it is another story
you never looked so alone
your crossed elbows and screwy grin
you could be waiting for a tailor
to fit you with a straight jacket
one that would hold you really tight.

Submitted: Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Edited: Friday, January 14, 2011


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  • Shirley Hanley (10/22/2009 10:00:00 PM)

    Whenever I feel
    the blanket of
    my depression
    falling in on me
    I read a little Billy Collins

    I can always count
    on him to make me smile.

    I feel better now that I've had my Billy Collins fix!

    4 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Michael Elkin (11/17/2008 8:53:00 PM)

    I've had to let
    my straight jacket out
    a lttle

  • Tired of Being Exploited (5/25/2007 12:56:00 PM)

    It's older work and certainly more jovial.
    I really enjoy the 'two sides of the coin' motif.
    Especially coming around to the strait jacket...

  • Raymond Bennett (2/24/2007 10:28:00 AM)

    so is this Billy Collins or is it not?

  • Anna Russell (2/13/2007 5:02:00 PM)

    Such a touching piece - displays all the talent of your namesake.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx

  • Not a member No 4 (2/13/2007 4:58:00 PM)

    This reads and feels like the real Billy Collins! ! ? ? Deadly accurate and very funny. How can that much loneliness be funny? What is wrong with me?

  • Francesca Johnson (2/13/2007 4:16:00 PM)

    Quirky little piece. Original and fun to read.

    Love, Fran xx

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