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NPM ’11: Day 30 – Farewell (Post #18)

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Damn, was my last post seriously on April 22nd?! Woops! For any of you who check this blog regularly, my apologies for falling behind on the poetry excursion. The majority of my screen time lately has been for work and work only. Being on the computer used to be a leisurely activity for me. Then I got an office job. You do the math.

Nonetheless, today I have a poem to share with you. I figured I would close out National Poetry Month 2011 by posting another piece from Emily Dickinson. Our journey began with her and so shall end with her. And perhaps when my eyes aren’t threatening to close, I’ll get back on here and write a reflective post about my experience with this year’s National Poetry Month.

But first, here is Dickinson’s Farewell:

TIE the strings to my life, my Lord,
        Then I am ready to go!
Just a look at the horses —
        Rapid! That will do!

Put me in on the firmest side,
        So I shall never fall;
For we must ride to the Judgment,
        And it’s partly down hill.

But never I mind the bridges,
        And never I mind the sea;
Held fast in everlasting race
        By my own choice and thee.

Good-by to the life I used to live,
        And the world I used to know;
And kiss the hills for me, just once;
        Now I am ready to go!

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National Poetry Month 2011: Day 1 (Post #1)

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Let’s start things off with a little something by one of my all-time favorite poets, Ms. Emily Dickinson. This one is called Success is Counted Sweetest.

    UCCESS is counted sweetest
    By those who ne’er succeed.
    To comprehend a nectar
    Requires sorest need.

    Not one of all the purple host
    Who took the flag to-day
    Can tell the definition,
    So clear, of victory,

    As he, defeated, dying,
    On whose forbidden ear
    The distant strains of triumph
    Break, agonized and clear.