Today by Billy Collins - Magic of poetry on #worldpoetryday

I’m reading Billy Collin’s Today on #worldpoetryday. What a poem can do is it can create magic. It can make it spring when it’s winter. It can release prisoners who had life imprisonment. It can let the birds of wonder and hope fly. It can inspire gratitude. It can make life perfect. And all of it in just a few lines. 

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.