Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "Dear March" by Emily Dickinson




Dear March -- Come in --
How glad I am --
I hoped for you before --

Put down your Hat --
You must have walked --
How out of Breath you are --
Dear March, Come right up the stairs with me --
I have so much to tell --

I got your Letter, and the Birds --
The Maples never knew that you were coming -- till I called
I declare -- how Red their Faces grew --
But March, forgive me -- and
All those Hills you left for me to Hue --
There was no Purple suitable --
You took it all with you --

Who knocks? That April.
Lock the Door --
I will not be pursued --
He stayed away a Year to call
When I am occupied --
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come

That Blame is just as dear as Praise
And Praise as mere as Blame --

31 comments:

Seams Inspired said...

Love it! And how timely this first day of March. :o)

PS...Son#1 is studying Emily Dickinson right now. He's amazed at how many poems she wrote that were unpublished before her death. He can also appreciate the irony of that. Thanks for sharing and adding some culture to my day. Happy Tuesday! :o)

Jules said...

OOHH, I love the last lines of this one. Have a good one Betty :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Theresa Milstein said...

YaY, March! It brings spring and my birthday. And now with daylight savings time!

Mamma has spoken said...

Happy March 1st to you too!

Madi and Mom said...

BB Happy March to you too!!!
We have lots of buds of all colors popping out around our city...currently the cherry trees are blooming a beautiful shade of lavender....
Hugs Madi and Mom

welcome to my world of poetry said...

lovely post, pleased to know March is here ........Spring in sight at last.

Yvonne.

laughingmom said...

Thanks for a new introduction to a wonderful ode to March - one of my favorite months!

Out on the prairie said...

A warm sunny day to start here. Makes me want to get a kite.They were a dime and the same for a ball of string when I was a kid.

Sara said...

Ms. Dickinson and I will have to agree to disagree about welcoming March in. Let's go back to January or February! :P

Leah J. Utas said...

March is certainly welcome here.

Anna said...

That Emily. You could probably read this a hundred times and get something new out of it with each reading.

The Empress said...

I'm with Anna. I read this once, went back again...

and felt like I knew the deeper meaning the second time.

To me, the meaning is unique, of course...but it says, "dear friend....you are here."

Thanks for all the loveliness here, Betty. You have such a quiet corner for us some mornings. Thank you

Teresa Evangeline said...

When I was young I didn't like Emily. Not at all. Now, I see her very differently. I've never read this poem, so thank you. A great start to March. Spring is on the way! Yeeee, Haw!

ds said...

Geez, I thought I knew Dickinson, but she continues to surprise me. I've no recollection of this one at all. Thank you so so much for sharing it.
Happy happy March!

mskanorado said...

LOVE THIS! HELLLLOOOOOOO MARCH! My goodness you came fast! Hopefully the lovely March weather comes soon & full of warmth! :)

Marlene said...

How delicate are those little bitty yellow flowers between those thorns!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey April, don't rush March!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey April, don't rush March!

Barbara Shallue said...

Perfect for this first day! Love the photo, too!

baygirl32 said...

Yeah March!

Old Kitty said...

Lovely!!!! Hello there March and Welcome!!

take care
x

Ann said...

very nice poem.
March appears to have come in like a lamb here. Lets hope that the going out like a lion doesn't happen

Daisy said...

I love this, Betty. I am so glad to bid goodbye to February. March is a welcome guest indeed. :)

Tracy said...

Ahhh, I really like March and April best of all...just right temps, nice rains, flowers blossoming and the world turning green!
thanks for the reminder :)

faye said...

Lots of things to do this month.
So it will be busy..and probably my
last month before I will be forced
to resume mowing...

Zuzana said...

Ah yes, March is full of hope and promises. Love that month.;) Happy March to you.;)
xoxo

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos and words!
Thanks Betty...

The Adorkable Ditz said...

This is definitely a Dickinson poem.

The Adorkable Ditz' Missteps

Baby Sister said...

I love Emily Dickinson. And that is no exception. Thanks for enlightening me. :)

Jenny said...

I had forgotten about this lovely poem. Thanks for the beautiful reminder of both Miss Emily and the tender month of March.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Love ED. She totally would be a blogger if she were alive today. And it would be nice for her, you know, because the World WOULD write back and she wouldn't be lonely. Of course, then, instead of these beautiful, sometimes melancholy, poems, we'd probably have to read about her obsession with ritz crackers or Charlie Sheen or something, which wouldn't quite be the same. I think I'd lover her anyway, though.