A Sunday walk with ‘Emily D’ and Jess.

A short while ago I posted a blog with the title Hope.  It included a poem by Emily Dickinson and I mentioned that I would love a book of her poems.  It was my birthday shortly after and I couldn’t have been more thrilled than when I opened a present from my daughter and there it was  ‘Hope’  The complete poems of Emily Dickinson.  I was one very happy mum.

This morning just before taking Jess for a walk around the block,  (which here in the Peak District means a 2 1/2 mile walk) I sat and read one of Emily’s poems in the nature section.  She seems to have a way of packing so much into just a few short verses, and this one could certainly be discussed at length.  It kept my mind occupied as I slightly lazily allowed Jess to pull me along, as she eagerly sniffed her way up the hill.

 A SERVICE OF SONG.  (By Emily Dickinson)

Some Keep the Sabbath going to church
I keep it staying at home,
With a Bobolink for a chorister,
And an orchard for a Dome.

Some keep the Sabbath in surplice;
I just wear my wings,
And instead of tolling the bell for church,
Our little sexton sings.

God preaches,- a noted clergyman,-
and the sermon is never long;
So instead of getting to heaven at last,
I'm going all along!

I think a bit of  Emily’s rebellious nature was coming out in this poem and I loved her wording of the last two lines.  Every so often as Jess stopped to sniff another juicy smell, I stopped and breathed in the scent of the surrounding scenery.  I’m quite sure that Emily would have thought it to be ‘Heaven on Earth’.

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I guess we all have a different idea of what Heaven is.  The ‘Lord of the Manor’ thinks its a day spent watching cricket! (well they do say opposites attract) but this certainly does it for me and I feel privileged to be living in such a beautiful place.

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As Jess and I meander back down the hill and home, I feel stronger and refreshed from time spent in the country air, accompanied by my own thoughts and maybe a few of Emily’s thrown in for good measure.

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Are you a lover of Emily Dickinson?  I’m definitely going to be reading through more of her work and may well share some here.  I will leave you with one of her quotes as I sit and wonder if she ever walked a dog along a country road on a Sunday morning.

 

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Love Alison x

and Jess x

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23 comments

  1. This post is lovely. Emily Dickinson is one of my favourite poets, too. In the world in which we find ourselves these days, remembering to take time for the simple pleasures that abound around us, is very important for our souls. Thanks for such a gentle reminder.

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  2. What beautiful pastoral vistas, and lovely thoughts as you walk along the path of heaven on earth, which is what I call the area I live in. I am sure Jess was oblivious to your pace and more interested in her own heaven on earth, what a treat for her to have so many interesting walks that must make her as happy as you are.

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    • I think Jess and the chickens all think they are in heaven Laura. So different from where I have lived for the last 20 years. Its amazing to be able to just walk out your door and be on a walk. I hope I never loose the appreciation of that.

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  3. You live in paradise for sure, Alison!
    Ms. Dickinson lived only about 20 miles from my home and her house is a museum now. Did you see the recent movie about her life? It was interesting, though not a lot of action as you can imagine. 😉

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  4. A beautiful and magical mindful walk, Alison – thank you for letting us tag along! Ahh … what a wonderful gift from your daughter, she knows you well. Emily Dickinson is one of those poets I keep meaning to read but never get round to it. Reading this one here I’m more eager than ever. Now, my birthday is soon so time for some hints, methinks! 😀

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  5. Thanks for taking us along for this beautiful walk. This is a very inspiring post Alison. I love Emily Dickinson and your pictures are stunning. You have a keen eye and your landscape certainly does it for me, too. By the way, I really like the changes that you made to your site. Beautiful!

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