The Soul Selects

The Soul Selects

The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot’s pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I’ve known her from an ample nation
Choose one:
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.

~Emily Dickinson
Caricature by GJ Southwell

“I dwell in possibility…”~E.D.

Emily Dickinson, Poems about Words, via Voices of Education Project

(Vivian Song/The Epoch Times)

“I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.”~E.D.

Emily Dickinson’s garden Herbarium – via Poets.org

Much Madness Is Divinest Sense

Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
‘Tis the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, – you’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

The daguerreotype (love that word – dare you to say it write it three times…) of Emily Dickinson, 1847, by William C. North.

…in her own handwriting…
via: Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

“My friends are my estate.”~E.D.

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain,
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

“Forever is composed of nows” – E.D.

Home of Emily Dickinson, Amherst, Massachusetts via Red Ravine

Drawing by Leland Myrick via First Second Books

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2 thoughts on “The Soul Selects

  1. Thank you. I will return to these images many times. So very beautiful and full — as the language is — of sensual meaning with the care for the universe of robins as well.

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