Literary Tuesday – Will there really be a morning

I first read this poem by Emily Dickinson when I read it at the beginning of the Frances Farmer biography Will There Really Be a Morning (Frances Farmer was an American film actress during the 1930s and 40s who was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital)

Will there really be a "Morning"?
Is there such a thing as "Day"?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor!
Oh some Wise Men from the skies!
Please to tell a little Pilgrim
Where the place called "Morning" lies!

 

It’s short and to the point, and poignant too. By the time she died in 1886 Emily Dickinson had become almost a recluse and the breadth of her poems wasn’t discovered until after her death.

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One Response to Literary Tuesday – Will there really be a morning

  1. movita says:

    Perfectly lovely.

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