Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NO TIME, by BILLY COLLINS

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First Line: In a rush this weekday morning
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Family Life; Death; Parents; Graveyards; Relatives; Dead, The; Parenthood

In a rush this weekday morning,
I tap the horn as I speed past the cemetery
where my parents are buried
side by side beneath a slab of smooth granite.

Then, all day, I think of him rising up
to give me that look
of knowing disapproval
while my mother calmly tells him to lie back down.

Copyright 2000 by The Modern Poetry Association.
This poem appears in the December 2000 issue of Poetry Magazine.

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