|Mollis, Switzerland, The Husband's home|
Our lives are Swiss -
So still - so Cool -
Till some odd afternoon
The Alps neglect their Curtains
And we look further on!
Italy stands the other side!
While like a guard between -
The solemn Alps -
The siren Alps
It's strange and true and wonderful how one can open a book of poetry and find something so apt, so perfect, so apropos. I am of Italian descent, The Husband Swiss-German, and I love how Dickinson captures so neatly our union.
What a place to come from and what sublime interconnections, literally and symbolically, though to me there is a strangely sinister note here and I can't quite make it out. Perhaps I imagine it.ReplyDelete
Elisabeth - I think Emily Dickinson's poetry nearly always has a sinister bent to it -- or, at the least, unsettling. It settles well with me, though.ReplyDelete
Yes, so apt.ReplyDelete
I like Emily Dickinson. She is one of my favorite poets. Thanks for the post.ReplyDelete
The blog is very good!ReplyDelete
And what are the Alps here?ReplyDelete
Ms. Dickinson would be thrilled to read this post. I think she is smiling.ReplyDelete
That is really just so cool. E.D. Is my all time favorite woman of few words.ReplyDelete
My mom was a child in the French alps and she still lives and breathes that reality.
What would it be like to wake up in the morning and look at that view? To grow up accustomed to it? I wonder how that would shape one's world and attitude. Would you feel small, awed, grateful, accustomed, anchored, supported, safe, and/or overshadowed by those peaks? Watching the light play across them during all hours of the day, watching the stars appear over them, seeing the moonrise and shine on them at night...what a gift. Does he ever talk about that? Does he miss them?ReplyDelete
My other half grew up in Europe with that view around the corner.ReplyDelete
Love the poem.
One thing I like to do is let with a poetry book is to let a book open to a page. I have discovered some poems I might not have read had I not done this.ReplyDelete
Poetry says much indeed...
I don't know why you guys don't bring the curtain down on this act and bring the show to the land of cheese, chocolate, watches and decent healthcare.ReplyDelete
Hope all is well.
That photo is frameworthy. Seriously. It might need to find a place in our new house (with your permission, of course).ReplyDelete
Isn't is great when we discover a poem from long ago that is so perfect for our lives today?