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Emily Dicinson

Emily Dickinson (USA, 1830-1886)


A few of her poems read at the Talking People Podcast Listen!:

December 2020: Select and paste on a Word doc before printing, please! No time to do the printer-friendly version!

I'm Nobody! Who are You?
Are you Nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -- Don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be Somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!


The Heart asks Pleasure first,
And then, Excuse from Pain;
And then, those little Anodyness
That Deaden Suffering;

And then, to Go to Sleep;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The Liberty to Die.


The Mystery of Pain

Pain has an element of blank:
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there were
A day when it was not.

It has no Future but itself.
Its infinite realms contain
Its Past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of Pain.


The Sea

An everywhere of silver,
With ropes of sand
To keep it from effacing
The track called land.

Michelle's video reading I'm Nobody. Who are You?