Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Invention


Tonight the moon is a cracker,
with a bite out of it
floating in the night,

and in a week or so
according to the calendar
it will probably look

like a silver football,
and nine, maybe ten days ago
it reminded me of a thin bright claw.

But eventually --
by the end of the month,
I reckon --

it will waste away
to nothing,
nothing but stars in the sky,

and I will have a few nights
to myself,
a little time to rest my jittery pen.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Form:


Do you like this poem?
12 person liked.
4 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: football, silver, moon, sky, night, time, star

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Invention by Billy Collins )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 2 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. If, Rudyard Kipling
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye

Poem of the Day

poet Hilaire Belloc

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. To Answer Your Question, Serena Blackinton
  2. ' H E I S...', sunshine garcia
  3. Love Note 11, Michael P. McParland
  4. Bicker and Swear, Donal Mahoney
  5. Put God First, Robert Barnett
  6. Te Amé Desde el Primer de los Días, Hebert Logerie
  7. Scales falling, Angell Afinowi
  8. About the Armadillo, Angell Afinowi
  9. Leprosy at the birthday Party, Angell Afinowi
  10. The Journey, Alvin Mingle
[Hata Bildir]