National Poetry Month is on, and we continue to celebrate it.
Here’s a celebratory poem by Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886). Dickinson was a prolific poet, yet fewer than a dozen of her almost 1, 800 poems were published during her lifetime. Apparently, her poems didn’t fit the style and tastes of her time, but they surely fit the time that came after and our own time.
From the Chrysalis
By Emily Dickinson
My cocoon tightens, colors tease,
I’m feeling for the air;
A dim capacity for wings
Degrades the dress I wear.
A power of butterfly must be
The aptitude to fly,
Meadows of majesty concedes
And easy sweeps of sky.
So I must baffle at the hint
And cipher at the sign,
And make much blunder, if at last
I take the clew divine.
From Time and Eternity by Emily Dickinson
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