Sunday, May 10, 2015


A little poem/treat for Mother's Day, from the inimitable Billy Collins:

And Larry did give me chocolates and flowers today, despite the deal I struck with him yesterday. He explained, "Of course I was going to take those things back to IKEA for you. I didn't want you to go - who knows what else you would have come home with!"  So there you have it, folks - he was acting out of self-interest, or so he claims.

I hope you all had a pleasant day, and do listen to that poem - you'll never be able to look at a child-crafted lanyard again without smiling.


  1. That is an excellent poem. Thanks for sharing it.

    I think you made a great deal. (Sometimes self-interest serves more than just the self.) And then to get chocolate and flowers in addition!

  2. Love! Thank you so much for sharing it here. (I wonder now if my son overheard the words of the poem..)
    I tend to bring home large bags of tealights and sometimes new beverage glasses when I go to IKEA. My husband is very thankful I have to drive 300 miles to the nearest store.

  3. I have never been to Ikea, though I've driven by it more than a few times on my way to soccer tournaments. Mostly because I'm afraid of what I'll walk out with.
    That poem is marvelous. Thank you for introducing it to me.

    1. Isn't it, though? And I don't think Billy Collins has children of his own, so I feel like writing to him and telling him that, yes, actually, in his mother's eyes, that handmade lanyard did totally make them even.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing made me laugh and cry. And good for Larry. Both for the tokens of love and returning the item to Ikea...even if he claims it was out of self-interest. I think we both know better.

  5. I adore Billy Collins. Thanks for sharing this. It's always great to hear him read his own poems.