Welcome Spring “Today”

Are you ready for spring? Are you cleaning your closets and getting organized? I just read this poem “Today” today by American poet Billy Collins and thought his lovely words would be a wonderful way to welcome spring.

Certainly, we have those days when we need to leave the chores behind and get outside. I hope you have many days like that to look forward to. Happy spring!




If ever there were 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 their 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.

36 thoughts on “Welcome Spring “Today”

  1. Happy spring, Amy! Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem! I already cleaned the closet, so I guess I’m ahead this year! Sure am ready for my favorite season! xoxo


    1. You’re way ahead of schedule, aren’t you missy?! So lucky. I need to clean closets and some other stuff. I keep putting it off. Procrastinating is my specialty. Hope you get some warm weather soon, Kelly. Enjoy it! xoxo

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      1. Haha – for once I am! I procrastinate on the big jobs as well… but I did schedule the windows (that was hard)! the same week I cleaned the closet, so I guess I’m on a roll this year! xo

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  2. Ha! We’re preparing to finally get the snow we’ve waited for all winter!! Drat. Stupid New England. Hope you’re enjoying a sunny, verdant spring for the rest of us.


    1. Jen, today was both a mix of beautiful sunshine and rain. But that’s ok. We need it really bad. I hope that weather starts behaving over there for you. Good to see you!


      1. Thank you. Nice of you to ask. I’m back in New Hampshire today. Her appointment is Tuesday, so we’ll get the results of all her staging tests and see where things are at.


  3. Nice poem, Amy, but I think we’re still some weeks away from a perfect weather day out here like the one the writer described. After a mild winter, spring has started here in NYC with snow. Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be 49 so it should melt by day’s end. I feel like I temporarily became Al Roker …

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    1. Spring has started with snow. Oh, drat! I guess here’s to melting snow then? Thanks for letting me know what’s going on in your neck of the woods, Virginia. It rained here today pretty good. Spring is only around the corner….wait for it, wait for it…Stay warm and dry.


    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed this poem, too. I guess Billy Collins is known for his conversational style and a quirky commentary on the everyday. This poem feels very fresh to me.


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