After a wonderfully full week that has emphasized community, connections, and celebrations at every turn, I’m taking a brief break today from offering my own words, to instead offer in this space, the beautifully constructed words of someone else–the poem, Today, by Billy Collins. For me, this poem perfectly captures the spirit of Belmont Day on this very day–Community Service Day and Friday Night Scoops. The beauty of our campus, bursting with life, energy, and joy, and the drive to go beyond its borders to help make the world a better place for all.
Have a great day, today, and tomorrow, everyone!
(P.S. Hope to see you at Friday Night Scoops. Go Blue & Gold!)
by Billy Collins
If ever there was a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from the snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.