by Billy Collins

Published in Issue No. 40 ~ September, 2000

The earth moves through space,
the moon alongside –

a boy and his pale sister
holding each other

by the wrists, forever spinning
in a huge, darkened room.

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In 2001, Collins was named U.S. Poet Laureate. His other honors and awards include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.