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I Shall Not Live In Vain

These words so literally inspiring
the pen of Miss Dickinson no less
one wonders where it comes from
what imagery this brings one to dress

This world is filled with vanity
from way out east to furthest west
but this poetess has a way of ink
displaying herself as one of the best

A world full of broken hearts
what blessing to stop even one
one dark soul feels no hope
what pleasure when looks on the sun

None know what will come tomorrow
whether darkness or light on our pathway
look on the bright side so heavenly
after all the sky may show it's ray

We would all do well
to live this out by our pen
spread ink in rhyming lines
then one's heart can stay open

('If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain')
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) 

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