A Poem For Sunday


"Invention" by Billy Collins appeared in The Atlantic in December, 1998:

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.

(Photo: Thai buddhist monks offer prayers celebrating Magha Puja day, an important religious festival celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos during the full moon of the third lunar month. Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images).