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’.
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.
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.
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.
Love Alison x
and Jess x