Dear Emily

The featured imaged above is photo I took today, because coincidently, I happen to be reading a book of Emily Dickinson’s poems … and thank you to my neice Kerri, (a graphic design artist) for cleverly enhancing the image, so as to make the words legible .. (my original photo was deplorable due to bright reflections from the midday sun)

Dear Emily

Your mystical words speak to me

About yesteryear

And beyond today

Where smiles and dimples

Live within bandaged moments

Of my soul

Your book describes the universe

From Celestial lists

To below natureโ€™s dome

Where birds and butterflies

Live within unruffled moments

Of the sky

Your worldly wisdom fills my dreams

From babbling brooks

To mountainous oceans

Where imagination flows freely

And lives within loving moments

Of my heart

Ivor Steven (c) December 2021

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

30 thoughts on “Dear Emily”

  1. A wonderful tribute to a fave poet of mine, also! Emily Dickinson!
    Your poem expresses my feelings, too. Thank you!
    Thank you to Kerri for helping with your photo. That is such a beautiful, comforting, encouraging quote!
    Make it a great day, Ivor! (((HUGS))) to you and PATS and RUBS to Sir Frankie! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Carolyn ..and as soon as I saw the โ€œsignโ€, I knew I would write a poem about Emily .. I was worried my words would not be worthy enough for such a wonderful writer โ€ฆ I am in awe of her magnificent bookโ€ฆ I didnโ€™t think my piece would express how I felt about her poetry โ€ฆ in the middle of the afternoon I was going to give up โ€ฆ then at midnight I thought my words were starting to get there .. at 1.00am my poem was finally done. .. Iโ€™m still not sure, but your comments this morning made me smile and I my dimples are back .. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—๐Ÿถ

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  2. With Christmas coming near, I wanted to wish YOU Ivor the happiest, most poetic Christmas possible. May you get poetry books for Christmas and may all of them set off a trigger, a cascade, of new ideas!

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  3. Ivor,
    This is a fantastic tribute. I really love it. I think you may have a typo on this line?
    “You book describes the universe.” Do you mean, your book describes the universe?
    Wishing you all good things. You have a beautiful heart.

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  4. A beautiful tribute, Ivor! I bought her complete works last year, and keep dipping into it. She is master of the poetic conceit, a concept which really interests meโ€ฆ and Merry Christmas to you, on another note! ๐ŸŽ„

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  5. A gorgeous tribute to one of my favorite poets, Ivor! Glad you like her too! The quote is one I have always liked.

    Emily Dickinson was a recluse who wrote her poems on scraps of paper, found tucked into the nooks and crannies of her house after she died. She was obviously not writing for fame. Her world was very small, but her heart and her vision were very large! One of her poems I especially like says, “I’m nobody. Who are you? Are you nobody too?…”

    I am absolutely certain that your lovely poem would have delighted her!


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