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Ode to Emily

In the 1800‘s
Looking out from a window down through an old oak tree
At flowers and skies, cloudy grey or sparkling blue,
Walking through the waving green grasses of the yard.  
Mistress of words with an interior so deep,
Two thousand poems in the old leather trunk 
Until her death,  gently packed away.  
Only 7 were published while she lived, 
All anonymously.
Never wife nor mother, rare for those times
Yet, nature, love and death, their images and understanding
She placed in a few perfect lines.
Hearing  the larks’ songs, science and religion 
Modern thoughts in poems sent and rejected.
The Atlantic Monthly was  backward;
Their editors so wrong.

Now I can’t pretend I fully comprehend
Her interior expressed sometimes
Too weighty for me.  But the depth of those
I comprehend adds to 
My hope that a life constrained
 Whether by health or times 
Is still filled with possibilities. 
 And so she said
“ If I can stop one heart from breaking; 
I shall not live in vain.” 
Though a mystic and transcendent,
With her practical humorous side this ends
“Faith is a fine invention
    For gentlemen who see;
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency!"
This little Emily is my ode to thee. 

Jared Pickett's The Ode Contest

Copyright © linda milgate

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  1. Date: 12/10/2010 7:16:00 PM
    linda, I predicted right. Looks like it placed high! congratulations!!!

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 4:15:00 PM
    wow this is one strong write here my friend

  1. Date: 12/7/2010 6:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Linda in Jared Pickett's "The Ode" contest. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 12/5/2010 5:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved second plave in the contest of jared, linda

  1. Date: 12/5/2010 4:50:00 AM
    Congrats Linda on your big win in Jared's contest with this magnificent entry on your muse.. my friend.. enjoy your top spot with luv..

  1. Date: 11/29/2010 8:41:00 PM
    You are awesome here!!! This should place very high. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 6:16:00 PM
    excellent words here my friend

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 4:25:00 PM
    Hi Linda.This a lovely dedication to Emily Dickinson.I am not totally familiar with her works,but you have aroused my curiosity.I feel I must look her up and read her poetry.You have painted such an intriguing picture of her in your very skilful way,Emily's quotes that you have added along with your own emotional touches make this a very enjoyable piece.I love it and wish you well with it in the contest.LoveJune(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 9:13:00 PM
    wow, you did Emily proud. VERY nicely done, dear linda. I sure hope this one places high. I LOVE emily's way of wriitng too. At least she did become famous after death and everyone knows her name. Wouldn't you just love that to happen to YOU? Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 12:26:00 PM
    a tender and articulate tribute to dickinson who happens to be one of my faves,linda.. surely, a top winner.. just sparkling!! thanks for your generous insight on my poem..keep the pen brewing! warmest, nette

  1. Date: 11/20/2010 12:16:00 PM
    Wonderful entry for Jared's contest Linda.. good luck .. reads like a sure winner on Emily Dickinson... she is a fav of mine also.. my entry is "Haunting Heroine" about Elizabeth Barrett Browning... another grand poetess.. Happy Thanksgiving to u and yours... appreciate the warm comment on my "Empty Space" luv..

  1. Date: 11/18/2010 6:07:00 AM
    You did excellently well Jared well done thought the person in question I don't know her that much---luv kelechi?

  1. Date: 11/18/2010 6:02:00 AM
    This is really a tribute to Emily,linda

  1. Date: 11/17/2010 5:30:00 PM
    We share a common love, for emily dickenson was indeed a great poet ... and this is great inspiration from her.

  1. Date: 11/17/2010 1:58:00 PM
    enjoyed reading your work today!!

  1. Date: 11/17/2010 1:16:00 PM
    Nice tribute with wonderful sentiments paid to a great poet who was niether a mother nor a wife, linda

  1. Date: 11/17/2010 10:15:00 AM
    Linda, Dickinson is one of my favorite poets too and you tell the story of her humble existence so clearly in this terrific ode. Like Van Gogh, her talent wasn't recognized during Emily's time. Best wishes in Jared's contest! Love, Carolyn