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A Letter to Emily Dickinson

Dear Emily, When you said, your “life closed twice before its close,” I realized how badly your heart had been broken You conveyed your feelings best with the written word But did you leave too many words unspoken? Sadly, this has been the case for me too Relationships have suffered from this mistake I release pain through my pen, emulating you In my bed alone I try to tune out heartache You called yourself “Nobody”; that goes for me as well No children, no spouse, I seem to be invisible As through crowds I drift, people look right through me And errors I’ve made always seem unforgivable When you composed, “I could not stop for death” Did you peer at the future, see my health struggles The reaper awaits; I’ll soon draw my last breath Isolated like you, I don’t share my troubles Although you achieved no fame in your lifetime I read your words often and have memorized some I grow through your poetry, they help me climb With your spirit in my heart, easily my words come *Written May 20, 2014

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 6/23/2014 4:36:00 PM
Congrats on your winning work..Emily's work is great work that just keeps on going..Sara
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Date: 6/22/2014 12:58:00 PM
Congrats on this great tribute Carolyn! Love Always~~~Keith :-)
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Date: 6/22/2014 12:41:00 PM
Congrats on a fine win!!!! Loved it my friend!!!
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Date: 6/21/2014 7:41:00 AM
Hey Carolyn, a belated congratulations/apology for not reading your wonderfully written poem before I had to go off on a trip. I have read it now and certainly see how it placed on the winner's list. I'm back in town and will return to my specific comments relating to your winning poems for future contest. Again, sorry I couldn't respond sooner. But what a great work you have accomplished!
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Date: 6/21/2014 7:33:00 AM
Thank you for entering my contest with this gem. It seems like you connected with Emily Dickinson like I did with Sylvia Plath, and you use her words as stepping stones.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 6/21/2014 8:04:00 PM
Yes, Monterey, I started connecting with Emily in high school. It's amazing how many of her poems I know by heart. It wasn't until college that I read Sylvia Plath, but I can certainly see why you felt drawn to her words. Thank YOU for sponsoring a contest that allowed poets to honor their favorite writers!
Date: 6/20/2014 10:44:00 PM
Congratulation on a great win on the theme of Letters to poet, Carolyn
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Date: 6/20/2014 9:30:00 PM
Congratulaions on your win, I found this poem to be painted in sadness, as though you bonded with the poet, maybe it's just my reading
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Date: 6/20/2014 7:59:00 PM
A great heartfelt tribute Carolyn...congrats on your win
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Date: 6/20/2014 1:11:00 PM
Hi Carolyn, Very inspirational and sentimental poem. Congratulations on your well deserved win. Keep up the great work and have a great day. Earl
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Date: 6/20/2014 12:31:00 PM
LNC..a heartbreaker...congrats though on your fine write. BG
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Date: 6/20/2014 11:24:00 AM
Great write Carolyn ! Deep n emotional ,, Loved the way u quoted sayings of ur fav one n compared how fairly the hearts rhymed ! Congrats on a wonderful win !
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Date: 6/20/2014 10:37:00 AM
Congrats on a much deserved win Carolyn! Thanks to you I have made contact with E.D. and knowing slightly how life has treated you, this poem makes even more sense. Take care...hugs. // paul
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Date: 6/20/2014 9:50:00 AM
Good God, this is an awesome write!!! BBBBBBBBRRRAAVVVOOOO!!!!!!!!! I have no choice but to grab it for my fav list here!!!! And give great thanks for it as I can look to it for future inspirations.
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Date: 5/22/2014 8:38:00 AM
She was a great poet..I enjoy her work..I have a book that has some of your correspondences to her brother, and others..There is also some things written by others who knew her..I have enjoyed reading that book..When I read her work, there is such variety that one can laugh, be puzzled and cry within the pages.Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara
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Date: 5/21/2014 5:18:00 PM
Ahh hon, you know I sailing in the same boat & you can always call! I miss our talks. Light & Love
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Date: 5/21/2014 11:15:00 AM
This is something I have not read so will have to do it. I feel the loneliness and the what if's of life in this poem Carolyn. It has such a sad wishful ring to it. An awesome write. love phyl
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Date: 5/21/2014 9:39:00 AM
Simply wonderful write Carolyn! great tribute to a great writer, best of luck in the contest! ~~~ Love always, Keith
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Date: 5/21/2014 12:32:00 AM
I just recently discovered Emily Dickinson and her work, and I really relate to her. I can also relate to your line, "I release pain through my pen". I have found that writing can be very therapeutic for me. This is a beautiful write, Carolyn! Good luck in the contest!
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Date: 5/20/2014 12:21:00 PM
Very beautifully done, Carolyn
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