Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Poetry of Spring

What I'm reading on The Old Scout


If I were crowned emperor this morning,
every child who is playing Marco Polo
in the swimming pool of this motel,
shouting the name Marco Polo back and forth

Marco Polo Marco Polo

would be required to read a biography
of Marco Polo-a long one with fine print-
as well as a history of China and of Venice,
the birthplace of the venerated explorer

Marco Polo Marco Polo

after which each child would be quizzed
by me then executed by drowning
regardless how much they managed
to retain about the glorious life and times of

Marco Polo Marco Polo

More poems by Billy Collins

"Ballistics" by Billy Collins, from Ballistics: Poems

Random House, Inc.
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

"Hangover" by Billy Collins, from Video Poems

© Applezaba, 1980 (out of print)

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