Favorite Poet of the Week-Billy Collins for Mother's Day

Billy Collins is my favorite contemporary poet.  If I had to pick one poem of his as my favorite, it would be "The Lanyard."  It is the best Mother’s Day poem ever.  I hope you enjoy!

Watch Billy Collins read "The Lanyard" here:

An excerpt from The Lanyard:

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.

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