Literature and Performance

Summer 2010

The Lanyard by Billy Collins

July 21st, 2010

For the poetry selection, I chose The Lanyard by Billy Collins.  He describes the relationship between a generous mother and a son who tries to repay her with a seemingly insignificant gift, a lanyard. This poem is particularly relevant for summer as many mothers are sending their sons off to camp to swim, play, hike, and of course, weave together these worthless pieces of string.

When I chose this poem I was thinking of my own dear ol’ Ma.  However, it was not me at camp this summer but her.  She took off to Boy Scout Camp in the woods of North Carolina along with my step-dad and kid brother.  Reading this poem reminded me of that sense of joy a kid gets being at camp having fun. The piece also convicted me of just how much I’m indebted to this caring woman and how much I miss her.

The Lanyard

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