Nov 22

Thursday Favorite Things – Poetry

Emily_Dickinson_PoemsSometimes the poetry of famous poets can be rather obscure, filled with imagery that is not familiar to us, and it is easy to see why many people don’t “get” it or take time to try to understand it. But then there are other times, when a poem is discovered, that is filled with meaningful and touching phrases or word pictures that capture the imagination.

Emily Dickinson’s poetry has been that to me along my life’s journey. An American poet who lived in New England in the mid-nineteenth century, her life revolved around her family, friends, and her home where she eventually became a recluse, writing her poetry on scraps of paper, locked in her bedroom for hours and days on end.

Emily DickinsonExpressions of love, loss, grief, and her perspective on eternity have intrigued me for many years, and as I have read more of her life story, and more of her poetry, I have come to recognize and appreciate so much of her poetic turn of phrase.

Today, for Thursday Favorite Things, I decided to share a few poems of Emily Dickinson which I have found particularly meaningful to me.

I hope you appreciate them for the depth of feeling that they express, as well as her intricate weaving of concepts of life, love, and eternity through her poetic pictures.

Homeless at Home

To the bright east she flies

Brothers of Paradise

Remit her home,

Without a change of wings,

Or Love’s convenient things,

Enticed to come.

Fashioning what she is,

Fathoming what she was,

We deem we dream —

And that dissolves the days

Through which existence strays

Homeless at home.

And this one vividly describes the loss and heartache when hope is dashed . . .

The Birds She Lost

Quite empty, quite at rest,

The Robin locks her Nest, and tries her Wings.

She does not know a Route

But puts her Craft about

For rumored Springs —

She does not ask for Noon —

She does not ask for Boon,

Crumbless and homeless, of but one request —

The Birds she lost —

Do you like poetry, or do you think it too difficult to understand? If you have never read the poetry of Emily Dickinson, it might be worth it to take a few minutes to read some of her writing and see if it doesn’t resonate with you, as a woman, right where you are today. I hope you will give it a try . . . .  you just might be surprised to find that it touches your heart!

Emily Dickinson Dwell in Possibility

1 comment

  1. Katherines Corner

    lovely, thank you for sharing at the hop and for your cherished friendship. xox

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