Emily Dickinson’s response to war
When I visited the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Ma., this past weekend, our tour guide handed us each a copy of one of Emily’s poems, written in 1863 in response to the Civil War. I think the poem is very timely and I wanted to share it with you:
They dropped like Flakes –
They dropped like stars –
Like Petals from a Rose –
When suddenly across the June
A Wind with fingers – goes –
They perished in the seamless Grass –
No eye could find the place –
But God can summon every face
On his Repealless – List.
Powerful stuff. Any thoughts? Maybe you’ve got a favorite protest poem?