Archive for September, 2010

THE DEAD – By Billy Collins

On the first anniversary and below is the poem that Val sent. Thank you Val for this year of verse in our sadness.

In Gratitude,


THE DEAD – By Billy Collins

The dead are always looking down on us, they say,

while we are putting on our shoes or making a sandwich,

they are looking down through the glass-bottom boats of heaven

as they row themselves slowly though eternity.

They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth,

and when we lie down in a field or on a couch,

drugged perhaps by the hum of a warm afternoon,

they think we are looking back at them,

which makes them lift their oars and fall silent

and wait, like parents, for us to close our eyes.


09 2010