Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Trigger Poems from Emily Dickinson, Women's Writing Groups, Cancer Lifeline, Week of Dec. 5th

Poems "1587" and "1665" by Emily Dickinson from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson © Little, Brown. Reprinted with permission.


He ate and drank the precious Words—
His Spirit grew robust—
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was Dust—

He danced along the dingy Days
And this Bequest of Wings
Was but a Book—What Liberty
A loosened spirit brings—


I know of people in the Grave
Who would be very glad
To know the news I know tonight
If they the chance had had.

'Tis this expands the least event
And swells the scantest deed—
My right to walk upon the Earth
If they this moment had.

Dickinson lived from 1830 - 1886. She wrote 1789 poems and provided titles to 24.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And only published 4 in her lifetime. I think of Emily when the rejection slips arrive.
Checking in and it's good to see that you are continuing with your blog. It seems like a wonderful place to visit.

Wishing all the best to you, Esther. I'll continue to check in from time to time.