I can’t remember when I first read Emily Dickinson’s poem I’m Nobody! Who are you? Probably 10 or so. Even at that young age, though, I still “got it,” the humor, the poem.
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!
That was a seminal moment when I understood the power of poetry: it can put into words what can’t otherwise be put into words.
I include poetry in my upcoming memoir, Bliss Road, because on any journey, there are some moments/concepts/feelings you just can’t write about any other way.
Do you have a favorite poem?
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