A Dog on His Master by Billy Collins

Who can resist Billy Collins, two-time Poet Laureate of the United States, making his ordinary lyric poems out of breakfast in restaurants, and out of evenings with a bottle of wine, in the little uncomfortable moments between spouses, from observations around childhood.  There is something so pleasant about the poems of Billy Collins, the everyday things dusted ever-so-lightly and turned into art.

A Dog on His Master

As young as I look,
I am growing older faster than he,
seven to one
is the ratio they tend to say.

Whatever the number,
I will pass him one day
and take the lead
the way I do on our walks in the woods.

And if this ever manages
to cross his mind,
it would be the sweetest
shadow I have ever cast on snow or grass.

–Billy Collins

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