Friday, August 31, 2012

Poetry Friday: Emily Dickinson's To-Do List

Because I love to-do lists. Because life sometimes feels this way. Because I love Emily Dickinson so much.

Emily Dickinson's To-Do List
by Andrea Carlisle

Figure out what to wear—white dress?
Put hair in bun
Bake gingerbread for Sue
Peer out window at passersby
Write poem
Hide poem

White dress? Off-white dress?
Feed cats
Chat with Lavinia
Work in garden
Letter to T.W.H.

White dress or what?

(Read the rest here, at The Writer's Almanac.)

The round up is at Poetry for Children.


Liz Steinglass said...

I love "write poem/hide poem."
Who hasn't done that?

jama said...

LOVE this poem SO much. So pure, so true.

Katya said...

I love the "write poem/hide poem", too. Occasionally I find a forgotten, hidden poems tucked into a book or in a stack of paperwork. I wonder where Emily hid them.

Author Amok said...

Hi, Karen. I remember reading this at Writers Almanac and thinking "Wow." It's an amazing portrait. List poems have a richness -- both what's on the list and what's implied by that which is not on the list.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hi Karen, our posts today are kin with the preoccupation on lists. Thanks for sharing this.