Poems for the Earth #3
I admit I have never been a huge fan of Emily Dickinson’s poems, even though I resonate with the themes she wrote about. I have always found a certain anxious nervousness in her writing that I find distracting. Maybe it’s all the dashes and exclamation points. But I do think it works here, perhaps because the poem is intentionally theatrical. In her breathless way she conveys a sense of reverence and delight in the sacredness of nature, and invites our applause.
I love that message. We are here to appreciate and applaud.
Like mighty footlights burned the red
At bases of the trees, —
The far theatricals of day
Exhibiting to these.
‘T was universe that did applaud
While, chiefest of the crowd,
Enabled by his royal dress,
Myself distinguished God.
~ Emily Dickinson