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A Gentle Dig at Emily

Emily Dickinson
was no Amherst beauty.
Two extant photographs
prove this clearly.

In the earliest she’s
plain, in black, no glitter,
her pose uncannily
like a Grant Wood sitter –

oval-faced, plain, stiff
except she doesn’t stand
and, of course, has
no pitchfork in hand.

What she looked like
when she died, 
no photo or death-mask
has survived.

Besides, her true beauty
is found not in her face
but in the pages
of her poetry.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 2/12/2019 2:24:00 PM
yes, that is so true, maurice! nicely done!
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Date: 2/12/2019 11:45:00 AM
And I am grateful for her poetry, as she painted us gentle soothing pictures in the form of words.
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Date: 2/12/2019 11:16:00 AM
Yes, let the beauty be found in the words!
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