Sunday, July 11, 2010

~~~Emily Dickinson Poem A Day Plus~~~"The morns are meeker than they were"12/1775



Version 1
The morns are meeker than they were -
The nuts are getting brown -
The berry's cheek is plumper -
The Rose is out of town -

The maple wears a gayer scarf -
The field - a scarlet gown -
Lest I sh'd seem old fashioned
I'll put a trinket on!

[edit] Version 2
The morns are meeker than they were -
The nuts are getting brown -
The berry's cheek is plumper -
The Rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf -
The field - a scarlet gown -
Lest I sh'd be old fashioned
I'll put a trinket on.
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[edit] Version 3
The morns are meeker than they were —
The nuts are getting brown —
The berry's cheek is plumper —
The Rose is out of town.

The Maple wears a gayer scarf —
The field a scarlet gown —
Lest I should be old fashioned
I'll put a trinket on.*

by Emily Dickinson

*see http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_morns_are_meeker_than_they_were_%E2%80%94

A short but so sweet poem by Miss Emily Dickinson!

Immediately upon reading the title of this poem (if in fact the first line of all of Emily's poems are actually considered titles (this I must find out!)I am drawn to the fact that Emily is in fact a modern woman. She does not refer her to "mother" but rather "Mom" a more endearing and personalized sentiment for her own mother.

Emily reminds me a little bit of Beatrix Potter with her ample personification of small woodland animals.

"The morns are meeker than they were -
The nuts are getting brown -
The berry's cheek is plumper -
The Rose is out of town -"

Emily is of course referring to the fall now in full regalia, taking on full bloom as the "rose" being out of town, which is a funny pun, referring in this way to a Rose being a girl who might be "out on the town", Emily twists the words meaning the wild rose being in the countryside. Always Emily uses nature's motifs and usually tries in some way to personify or use an object as a allegory of something referring to the commonday vernacular and usually with a tinge of religious morality thrown in the poem as satire. There's a hint of mom's being meeker than the "scarlet" referring to perhaps "The Scarlet Letter?" and moms' I just thought of this...did Miss Emily have some angst. She is so personally honest with her poems it reminds me of psychotherapy aka Primal scream; not quite yet, not for proper and prim Victorian ladies, but certainly Emily seems to have some angst in her alluding to something? Well keep a watch on this as we go through her poems. This shall be interesting! Scarlet Woman eh? Hmmmm. rapt symbolism for sure!

"The maple wears a gayer scarf -
The field - a scarlet gown -
Lest I sh'd seem old fashioned
I'll put a trinket on!"*

Here Emily is describing the red of the maple once turning that colour during the autumn months. The field is also "scarlet", from the maple leaves perhaps so it may be late in the fall. So Emily believes she needs to wear colourful "trinkets" to match the brilliant landscape in the fall. Beautiful imagery conveyed her by Miss Emily! A jewel of a poem!

Jane Jones via Chiccoreal @logb establishes a linked channel with the kindred spiritus of Miss Emily Dickinson returned in the flesh for a flash of insight and spiritual revelry! Maybe I am making to much of so few words. Although, when I look at the big picture; 1775 poems, Emily is undoubtly saying something quite sublime, simple and yet most complex at times. Enjoy my daily discovery of Emily Dickinson!

Jewels For All

My eyes see the wonders
of the coming Fall
It is getting late
Time
to display
Sugar Maple
Red Mzple's
Magnificience
before winter covers
the wonderful glads
sighing as summer sheds
and Fall Struts Her Stuff
Vogue Calls for Natural Style
signs are a showin'
In all we see and do
the cool air beckoning
under my wing
always Mom to you
Mom's are getting lazier
BTW
if not meeker too
the meek shall inherit the earth
on day the same earth or old
needs to be cleaned up
not as fast to gather
togehter
you and me
the nuts
on the trees
soon fall
on the brilliant
Scarlet grounds
Scarlet gown
Sounds so similar
but slightly off
off-set
not off-putting
never paling in
comparison to You!

As Fall spreads
Her Habdashery Glory
All Around
Time to put onthe skinny
and do the shimmy
Shiny
Colourful Bling
Snaps the Crisp Fall Apples
Spys are Spooks?
Sweet Tart
for it is going to be
a long time til
Spring!

jj

2 comments:

  1. what a fan of Emily Dickson,
    Glad to read it today!

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  2. It is "morns" not "moms." MORNS not MOMS

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