Élan of quill, such dappled lines,
M undane becomes a new world found,
I read bold maps, those charts unbound.
L acework in letters twine
Y outh to sage, wonder to sorrow,
D awn to soft dusk, past to morrow,
I n verse bold yet refined.
C ritics refused to understand
K inship penned by the shyest hand –
I nk caged, Amherst’s missive sparrow.
N ear rhymes set her work apart,
S oulful eyes saw beyond dull walls,
O h, her heart
N ever one view borrowed.
*Based on the structure of Dickinson’s Sonnet, What Shall I do – it whimpers so.
rhyme scheme of: abba cca ddc efec (syllable count of 8/8//8/6 8/8/6 8/8/6 8/5/3/6)
Emily created her own rules, even with sonnets, each unconventional, trail-blazing.