DPF / Collins

For there are many weeks that need lightening, and this will definitely be one of them. In some ways Collins is just the one to remind one that there is lightness left in the world; however, read him more, and you’ll see the darkness at which he takes aim, from Picnic, Lightning. Here are the rules for a “paradelle”: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poets/poetic-form-paradelle. Irresistible in an unreal kind of way.
from Paradelle for Susan / by Billy Collins

I remember the quick, nervous bird of your love.
I remember the quick, nervous bird of your love.
Always perched on the thinnest, highest branch.
Always perched on the thinnest, highest branch.
Thinnest love, remember the quick branch.
Always nervous, I perched on your highest bird the.

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