Written by Busy Bee

I read the wonderful poem Marie wrote about Hope  and it really made me think about how important it is for us all to be hopeful.

Marie’s powerful words also made me remember another poem that I studied for my Leaving Certificate, “Hope” is the thing with feather’s….by Emily Dickinson. I read this poem again today. I went into my Leaving Certificate English examination hoping that if Emily Dickinson featured on my exam paper that I’d remember this poem and that I could write a well-informed, insightful answer to any question about it.

Emily Dickinson was not in the poetry section of my exam paper that year. I was disappointed at the time but now I realise that although I’d studied this poem intensely I never really understood it. I could never have written a truly comprehensive answer to a question about “Hope” is the thing with feather’s….   Reading the poem today was like reading something I’d never set eyes on before. I now understand what Emily Dickinson was expressing in her beautiful poem. I now understand how important hope is, how strong hope is and how hope is always there no matter what!

So, I’m going to keep hoping every day, I’m going to keep hoping on the bright days and especially on the dark days, hoping that I’ll make the changes and take the actions that I need to take, hoping that I will recover!

Busy Bee

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

By Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.