“In this short Life that only lasts an hour…..

In this short life that only lasts an hour….

How much- how little – is within our power.”

– Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson hated to go out in public and wrote very deep poems, each one being numbered instead of named. I have her complete works by Ralph Franklin, the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library  at Yale University and two other books about Emily Dickinson. She is one of the many authors I read about when studying and analyzing the works of Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carl Sands-who was a woman, but used a man’s name because women did not have the rights that they do today and would never have gotten published! Can you believe it?

This one is short but it is very true.

Needless our lives don’t really last an hour, but she uses that as a metaphor to show how quickly time goes by.


3 thoughts on ““In this short Life that only lasts an hour…..

    • Yes they do-poems do tell a lot about the writer.
      I took every class my high school offered in English/Literature etc., and I had the best teachers in my life there.
      I have a box some where of all the things I wrote in creative writing, honors English etc., and I hope I find it in the garage here. When I divorced in 2001-I hope I took it!

      I learned to type when I was 16 and typed all my home work and assignments there and in college. I taught piano for 20 years and in the last 5 years have been a paid writer. I had teachers always telling me “you should be a writer”, and now I am.

      What is your name?
      I would love for you to share one of the poems that was in your grandmother’s collection. It sounds like you have a real treasure there.

      Paulette Le Pore Motzko

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