August 4, 2010


Posted in Quickie at 10:36 PM by TKWatson

Today’s Quickie Topic: Poetry

This is my favorite poem, by Emily Dickinson, who is one of my very favorite poets.  I honestly can’t tell you why this poem strikes me to the degree that it does, but from the moment I first read it, I loved it.

This is my letter to the World
That never wrote to Me —
The simple News that Nature told —
With tender Majesty

Her Message is committed
To Hands I cannot see —
For love of Her — Sweet — countrymen —
Judge tenderly — of Me

Emily Dickinson led a rather extraordinary, but still boring life.  Her biography is littered with the deaths of people she loved.  This is often thought to be a partial cause of her eventual seclusion.  In the latter years of her life, she was rarely seen in public.  She never married and kept close friends primarily through letter correspondence.  Very few of her writings her published during her lifetime and it wasn’t until decades after her death that unedited versions were published.

Here is another of my favorites…

I started Early — Took my Dog —
And visited the Sea —
The Mermaids in the Basement
Came out to look at me —

And Frigates — in the Upper Floor
Extended Hempen Hands —
Presuming Me to be a Mouse —
Aground — upon the Sands —

But no Man moved Me — till the Tide
Went past my simple Shoe —
And past my Apron — and my Belt
And past my Bodice — too —

And made as He would eat me up —
As wholly as a Dew
Upon a Dandelion’s Sleeve —
And then — I started — too

And He — He followed — close behind —
I felt His Silver Heel
Upon my Ankle — Then my Shoes
Would overflow with Pearl —

Until We met the Solid Town —
No One seemed to know —
And bowing — with a Mighty look —
At me — The Sea withdrew —


1 Comment »

  1. peonyjane said,

    the thing i love most about poetry is that it can speak to you and be very powerful…even if you can’t quite articulate why. LOVE dickinson!

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