Emily Dickinson.. Nick Drake & Immortality  

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10/30/2005 5:09 pm

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Emily Dickinson.. Nick Drake & Immortality

As the Summer turns into Fall, I inevitably find myself in a bit of a funk. When I am in this mood… only one person can help me.. Emily Dickinson. What an amazing woman! She wrote more than 1,700 poems during her life.. they languished.. forgotten.. until after her death, her sister had them published.

Three volumes of her verse were published between 1890 and 1896. These poems caused a sensation in the literary community that endures to this day.

A parallel situation happened with one of my favourite song writers/singers ‒ Nick Drake. The over-commercialized (recently anyway) creator of Pink Moon and other simple yet complex.. sad.. wistful songs.

Maybe the lesson is.. pursuer quality and art in all that we do.. every day.. recognition may elude us.. but the harsh mistress of history will reward us..

My favourite Emily Prose.. this one is for you Mary!

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labour, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then 'tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.


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