Monday, June 7, 2010

Does Hope Touch Your Soul?

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*** A quote about Hope from poet Emily Dickinson.

From Denny: Leave it to a life long sensitive and spiritual poetess to create such an elegant line about Hope. Emily Dickinson was a severe introvert who explored her inner world like an extreme sport adventurer. She had little interest in her outer world, shunning it. Emily had few contacts with people outside her tight knit family and she preferred it that way. She lived a lot like a monk, contemplating God and the meaning of Life.

What I like about this particular quote is it elegantly describes - with stunning accuracy - how Hope lightly touches our souls. It's as if Hope gently glides in through the mists of our troubled minds and chaotic lives, quietly stroking our faces to engage. Then, once the glimmer of awareness peeks out to greet it, Hope settles in to be our silent constant companion to get us through the crisis.


* Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. - Emily Dickinson

Here is the actual poem: Emily Dickinson (1830–86). Complete Poems. 1924.

Part One: Life


HOPE is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

You might also enjoy reading a short bio about this poetes and take a look online at the museum dedicated to her:

*** See Also: Emily Dickenson biography at

*** See Also: Emily Dickinson Museum (in Amherst, Massachusetts)

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