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A/N: I pulled this from the archives, after a quote by Shannon on Emily Dickenson's "Chariot".

I spent an evening with Emily
(Dickinson, you know)
I told her she was my idol
Her words had touched me so
So simple were her musings
Written deeply from her soul
Each thought struck like lightning
And had the power to console

She wrote of life and love
As though she lived them to the full
In truth, she rarely left her room
Yet her words were powerful
She didn’t need to travel far
To smell the sea and air
She closed her eyes and summoned them
From the confines of her chair

She wrote of death as calmly
As she wrote of birds and sky
Describing her last journey
In a chariot stopping by
Although she died a lonely life
And never let the world intrude
Oh, what a lovely legacy she left
From that world of solitude

Copyright©2004 Beatrice Boyle
(All rights reserved)

Grandma Bea

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The following comments are for "An Evening with Emily"
by Beatrice Boyle

Died a lonely life
Excellent poem! A fine tribute -- E.D.'s smiling in her grave.

( Posted by: Poeteye [Member] On: August 15, 2008 )

Bea this was a wonderful tribute to her! I love your words my friend. You never cease to amaze me!


( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: August 15, 2008 )

I'm smiling too James!
That you love Emily too! So Sad that she didn't really know during her lifetime how much she was loved and admired.


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 15, 2008 )

Yea...Nae's back!
Hey happy to see you here again...hope you're not just dropping in, but have come back to the fold...we miss your sassy style!

Love ya,

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 15, 2008 )

Emily and I
See Eric...I keep telling you I'm older than you think I am! Can't help it if i'm well preserved...stay out of the sun!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 15, 2008 )

i've only recently
come to respect Ms. Emily's work. i enjoyed your poem.

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: August 15, 2008 )

Discovering Emily.
Hey happy you finally discovered her...she's a treasure!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 16, 2008 )

Thanks Francisco.
Thanks Francisco...You have to read and re-read Emily to fully appreciate her talent. Even years later, I discover a new nuance that I had overlooked before.

Apologies to the "Belle of Amhurst", but I think she emcompasse's the best of American women poets!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 16, 2008 )

I used to amuse myself by reading her poems to the tune of The Yellow Rose Of Texas.

I noticed you put your poem in the same meter. Amazing!

( Posted by: snuffystuff [Member] On: August 24, 2008 )

The Yellow Rose of Texas.
Hi a musician & singer, I have a natural rythm and I "speak" my work as I write it as though I were performing it...but the "Yellow Rose of Texas" never entered my mind. That's so funny!!!

Thanks for reading.


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 25, 2008 )

superb, Bea. really glad I followed the comments here or I might've missed it... my love for Emily's work was inherited from my mother... I wouldn't read her for ages, sort of on principal [she never had one good word to say about the Irish] but I came to realise her opinions were a product of her time, her poetry was and is timeless...

stellar tribute, glad to read you again.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: August 25, 2008 )

Shannon & Emily.
Hey darlin...sooo happy to see you here again...and commenting on my work no less!

It was your comment on another work of mine, that led me to pull it out of the archives for another go around. (So many new people here have not read our older works.)

She has always been an inspiration to me...and when I'm at a loss for an idea for a poem...I visit Emily!

Please stay with us this time. We miss you when you drop out of site!

Love ya,

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 25, 2008 )

thank you kindly, Grandma. hoping I'll be around more often, but I just don't know. I do miss being here, so when energy permits I will come back and inflict my hackneyed ranting upon you all...

you have been warned ;)

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: August 25, 2008 )

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