"Hope" is the thing with feathers

“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.
©Emily Dickinson

6 thoughts on “Hope

  1. Emily Dickinson, 1836-1886, was a recluse, never married, from Amherst, Mass. After her death, her poems were discovered in her house and published. She wrote about 1,800 poems and is considered one of the most important American poets. There is a Wikipedia article about her.

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    1. 1,800 poems… that is beautiful! I have read the Wikipedia article and find her history interesting; she published only 10 of the 1,800 when she lived. It is amazing how much poetry she was doing, especially in isolation.


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