Mary and Brenda weathered the pouring rain and the 259.9 mile round trip drive to listen to Billy Collins last night. There is definately a reason why the chosen few are appointed to the position of Poet Laureate. He could be elected as stand-up comic-poet as well. The auditorium seats filled as a sea of listners filed in. By the time he reached the podium, the floor to the right and left of the stage was also occupied by crossed-legged college students. The next hour and a half was laughter and applause and occasional quiet contemplation. So worth the trip.