Billy Collins

Note to Thomas Stearns Eliot
January 6, 2014 Collins Billy

Note to Thomas Stearns Eliot


I just dared to eat

a really big peach


while I had on

a pair of plaid shorts

and a blue tee shirt full of holes


and little rivers of juice

are now running down my chin

and dripping onto the pool deck.


What is your problem, man?

Billy Collins’ latest collection is Musical Tables: Poems (Random House 2022). In 2017, he was admitted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.