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Hope: Shelf Elf

April 28th, 2009 (08:39 am)
contemplative

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Junk of the Heart by The Cardigans

When I was thinking about our "hope" theme this month, for some reason, those lines from that famous Emily Dickinson poem kept coming to mind: Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul.* I love that whole poem because it captures so much of what hope is for me. Hope can be fragile and impermanent, but it is often stronger than it looks. Sometimes it appears when you need it most, and when you’ve almost forgotten what it is, like a bird in the springtime. What makes me hopeful? Poetry. Lucky pennies. Random acts of kindness.

- Shelf Elf

* Read Emily Dickinson's poem in its entirety.

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Posted by: blackeyedsusans.blogspot.com (ext_83024)
Posted at: April 28th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)

I recently read Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson and she quotes the Dickinson poem. Highly recommend the book if you read any younger books. Poetry, acts of kindness and charity keep me hopeful. Enjoyed this. Thanks.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I have that on my books-to-read list.

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