Sunday, April 13, 2014

HOPE for A Better World

The great poet Emily Dickinson is the writer that made abstract tangible and defined new meaning without confining it. She created a distinctive elliptical language of expression. Her poetry always liberated my senses and left me spellbound.

Her work encompasses profound insights into nature and life. The words and phrases exhibit extraordinary vividness of descriptive imaginative power, yet often set in a seemingly unblemished tone.

In true dedication to one my favorite poets, here is her take on the marvel of having some HOPE in a world torn to pieces of despair and bitterness.  

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson Edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)
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