Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Poetry Thursday - In the Voice of Another

If Life should walk Beside me
all Lovliness to See -
I'd take its Hand - invite it In -
my Heart's true Company.
If Death should walk Beside me
grave Lonliness to Bear -
it too, would be Welcome -
my Heart's burden Gladly share.
For now, Content, I walk Alone
midst trees of Evergreen -
my Rhymes and Songs to Guide me
toward Pathways yet Unseen.
Emily Dickinson has always fascinated me, from the time I was a child and first read "I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you - Nobody - too?" I was, and still am, envious of her complete self-containment, her single minded dedication to her poetry. Her reclusive life seemed romantic and glamorous to me, a young girl growing up in a midwestern suburb, cherishing her own dreams of "the writer's life," and I almost feel as if I'm committing an act of sacrilege, making this faint attempt to capture the rhythm and grace of her voice.
For more poems in the voice of another, go here



Blogger Alex said...

: )

Blogger Helen said...

I love Emily! Lovely choice. You have such a beautiful blog! :-)

Blogger susanlavonne said...

Until I read your comment, I thought I was reading a poem of Dickinson's that I somehow had, Becca, your poem IS Emily, no other way to say it.

Blogger GreenishLady said...

Becca, I have to echo Susanlavonne's comment. I was convinced I was reading a Dickenson poem. That is SO well done! Bravo!

Anonymous bella said...

This was lovely. I'm not familiar with Dickinson's writing, but, I swear, you Poetry Thursday girls are giving me lot's and lot's of great reading material.

Blogger bb said...

anyone who read this poem would know how much you loved Emily - you have utterly absorbed her style and rhythm - wow!

(and thanks so much for the praise you had for'the parrot' over at chez moi - it really means a lot to me :-))

Blogger paris parfait said...

I think Emily would be quite impressed, dear clever Becca. Very well done!

Blogger Tammy said...

This was awesome and I'm glad you shared it because I've read so few of hers and had trouble. This I soo get :)


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