Orient

You are turning me
like someone turning a globe in her hand,
and yes, I have another side
like a China no one,
not even me, has ever seen.
So describe to me what’s there,
say what you are looking at
and I will close my eyes
so I can see it too,
the oxcarts and all the lively flags.
I love the sound of your voice
like a little saxophone
telling me what I could never know
unless I dug a hole all the way down
through the core of myself.
 

Billy Collins’s new collection, Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, 2003–2013, will be published this fall. He was the U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003.
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