Friday, March 6, 2015

Laughing Like A Birthday Cake

A poem about the Spanish painter Goya today. (I included a Goya self-portrait in this post and a drawing that I hope wasn't a self-portrait here.)

excerpt of Candle Hat
by Billy Collins

...He appears to be smiling out at us as if he knew
we would be amused by the extraordinary hat on his head
which is fitted around the brim with candle holders,
a device that allowed him to work into the night.

You can only wonder what it would be like
to be wearing such a chandelier on your head
as if you were a walking dining room or concert hall.

You can read the rest here.

Poetry Monster wanted to stop by:

You can find cool literary t-shirts, including ones about Poetry Monster's friend Walt Whitman, here.

Robyn Campbell has the Poetry Friday round-up.


Irene Latham said...

Yay for Poetry Monster, who always always makes me smile!! And a happy happy birthday to you, Tabatha! xo

Robyn Campbell said...

Poetry Monster is just so cool. Love Candle Hat.Hope your day brings lots of laughter.

Keri said...

The happiest of birthdays to you, my creative friend! Maybe we can get you a chandelier for your head that doesn't involve real fire. :-) xoxo

jama said...

What a fine poem! You always find such good ones. Happy to see Poetry Monster is back, too :).

Happiest of Birthdays to you, and many more!!

Tara Smith said...

Happy Birthday, Tabatha!

So happy to hear Billy Collins recite this poem...I will be thinking of it when I'm next at the Met - and it will make me smile.

Diane Mayr said...

A day filled with sunshine? I hope so. Even if the sun didn't shine, this post sure did. Enjoy what's left of your birthday, my friend!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Happy Birthday, Tabatha! I'm with Keri - let's get you a less volatile headpiece. Glad to see Poetry Monster came by with party hat and balloon!

LInda Baie said...

Wonderful that chandelier hat. Happy Birthday, Tabatha. I hope your day was monstrously wonderful!

Donna Smith said...

Happy, happy birthday! I think it's better to have candles on a cake than some on your head any day!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Billy is so right--after seeing this self-portrait of Goya, you wouldn't need to read any comprehensive biography--you understand who he was, "laughing like a birthday cake." Way to do you, too, Tabatha--this post is very Tabatha--and I wish you many, many happy returns of the day!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

A day late to your birthday party– naughty, naughty me! I hope you and Poetry Monster enjoyed festive celebrations of YOUness. Did you have candle-star-light flickering on your chest like Poetry Monster, wear a "concert hall" hat like Goya, or did your family adorn you with a twinkling halo? Wherever you sparkle, my friend, I appreciate your glow.

Mary Lee said...

Happy birthday! Hope the Festival of Tabatha is still going strong, even though the candles have been extinguished by now!