Poetry in Motion

New York


Billy Collins

The fox you lug over your shoulder
in a dark sack
has cut a hole with a knife
and escaped.

The sudden lightness makes you think
you are stronger
as you walk back to your small cottage
through a forest that covers the world.

"Hunger" from The Apple that Astonished Paris by Billy Collins. Copyright © 1998. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Arkansas Press.