Somebody once said you know you’re getting older when everybody you meet reminds you of somebody else. This not only bears out, but it also holds true for news items. At my age, they tend to read like reruns or crib notes.
Today––apropos for summer in Memphis––I was up at dawn to beat the heat when two unrelated articles caught my attention: #1.) Scientists are working on a “smoking vaccine” and have developed a shot that blocks nicotine in the brains of mice. #2.) On this day in history––June 29, in 1613––William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burned to the ground.
. . . Mice . . . Fire . . . Which reminds me . . . .of this ingenious poem “The Country” by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins brought to life in animation by Brady Baltezor of Radium.
Sit back, take a cool sip and enjoy this delightful poem. If it whets your appetite for more animated Billy Collins poems, click here.