by Billy Collins
It would be easier to compile an encyclopedia
for you than to write these longhand letters
whose ink blackens the night. I write
until dawn saying I think the world of you
but they are always too short
like those two-page schoolboy essays
with The History of Mankind
underlined on the front in crayon.
My encyclopedia will ignore the research
of others and rely on personal experience.
–from the collection The Apple that Astonished Paris
Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House
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