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Sweeping up the Heart

The absence in the house
The years after Mama's death
Inspired ceramic industries
Surpassing artisan dearth

His handmade big clay heart
Clearly said "C + A"
When shall she see him again?
Not till Saturday.


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(My poem above is an adaption of the Emily Dickinson poem below. I wrote mine after reading a book named after Emily's poem. It's called "Sweeping up the Heart" by Kevin Henkes -- so my poem kinda imitates Emily's poem structure/ theme, and combines it with what's going on in this middle school chapter book).

"The Bustle in a House The Morning after Death Is solemnest of industries Enacted upon Earth The Sweeping up the Heart And putting Love away We shall not want to use again Until Eternity." ~Emily Dickinson
(Emily's poem is on p.50 in "Sweeping up the Heart" by Kevin Henkes, as well as in her poetry collections, of course.)

Copyright © Michelle Smith | Year Posted 2019

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