When I discovered poetry, I devoured it as if I had been starved of it for ages. I read poems here and there, yet, it was Emily Dickinson that spoke to me. Her style refreshing. As a child, I always thought of poetry as rhyme and meter. Dickinson was a game-changer.
At the same time, as I explored my own poetry I began writing about feelings–abstract feelings, defining my own angst into truncated lines. But as I grew into poetry, I wanted to do more than tell my feelings. Hence, began the desire to tell stories. My poetry began to explore different situations, some close to home, others so far removed from my reality. The greater task, however, was not in the narration of the story but in delving into the feelings of my characters. The “I” and “you” in my poetry began to take life as people I try, in my imagination, to capture in bits of words and imagery.
Today’s poem, is something I wrote that is inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poems and the stories I imagine. The poem has in it references to Dickinson’s poetry which I would including here. I hope you enjoy this poem. Thanks to Michelle Barnes @ Today’s Little Ditty for hosting.
Emily Dickinson’s poem referenced in Unlike Emily
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
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