Seth’s Favorite Poems

The Dead
by Billy Collins

The dead are always looking down on us, they say,
while we are putting on our shoes or making a sandwich,
they are looking down through the glass bottom boats of heaven
as they row themselves slowly through eternity.

They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth,
and when we lie down in a field or on a couch,
drugged perhaps by the hum of a long afternoon,
they think we are looking back at them,

which makes them lift their oars and fall silent
and wait, like parents, for us to close our eyes.

 

4 Responses to “Seth’s Favorite Poems”

  1. sethdellinger Says:

  2. Wow, that glass bottom boat analogy is killer.

    • sethdellinger Says:

      Truly. Next time you are by a computer that is not a work computer, I beg of you to watch this video here. It makes me well up every single time…

  3. I will. I need to go steal some wifi anyway, I have yet to see the video of Kyle’s new love shack.

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