Litany by Billy Collins

A three-year-old recites Billy Collins — another reminder that YouTube is still a vast repository of wonderfulness if you can only find it among all the dross. Fortunately, this one has gone viral. The mother says in a comment,

Billy Collins did see this and wrote a letter to my son and I. We feel very honored.

Thank you all for your kind comments. We are working on a few new poems I hope to have up very soon. If there are any suggestions as to poems you think might be good ones for him to memorize, let me know! I will consider them, if he likes them too.

Here’s Collins himself introducing and reading the poem, in a selection from Fora.TV:


  1. Reply
    Hannah Stephenson 24 August, 2010

    Yes, this is wonderful. That little boy has an amazing memory!

  2. Reply
    Lydia Banuelos 26 September, 2010

    I was so moved by this amazing child. He speaks the words with such emotion. He seems to really enjoy reciting. I had to pass his clip to all of my friends. Great choice of poetry Mom. Just goes to show a little attention to our children can do wonders to their minds. Learning begins in the HOME.
    I am reminded of my sons at his age.
    Thank you.

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