This Larger Dome of Blue and White


If ever there were a spring day so perfect,

so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that 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

~Billy Collins, Nine Horses


One of my dearest friends Carson shared this poem with me the other day, and even though it’s written about a spring day, I felt that the words applied perfectly to summer too. Or any season, for that matter.

I hope that you’ve had some time this past week to spend etched in sunlight or had a moment that made you want to throw the windows open and revel in the clear blue sky. And if you haven’t yet, then I hope that this week will bring such a moment to you.

Happy Monday!



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