Shawn L. Bird

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poem- I Dwell in Possibility by Emily Dickinson November 10, 2013

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I’ll link to this one, via a site that actually has permission to reprint this poem.  🙂

I have had  a little plaque that says “Dwell in possibility” for several years now, and only today did I get around to actually looking up the poem itself.  Wow.  Kinda a profound!  It also fits with my philosophy of life.   Check it out:


24 Responses to “poem- I Dwell in Possibility by Emily Dickinson”

  1. paulessick Says:

    Reblogged this on My Blog snuppy.

  2. Kim13 Says:

    This has always been one of my favorites by Emily Dickinson, if it is even possible to pick favorites!

  3. Melody J Haislip Says:

    That was lovely and, you’re right, profound, and I’d never seen it before. Thank you for posting it, Shawn.

  4. ravenjanedoh Says:

    That’s a great mantra – I’m going to have to borrow it for my own home. 🙂

  5. XperDunn Says:

    Thanx, Shawn. One forgets about Emily, then comes across her without warning, and she slaps one awake to the beauty of everything.

  6. Oh wow . I remember being thirteen and just falling in Love with Emily Dickinson. I read her poems and her biographies. She led into an obsession with Elizabeth Barret Browning and on and on… She was my first real introduction into great Feminine poetry. I still love how delicate and often fragile her stanzas feel. almost hesitant at times. Anywho I could blather on about it, I will spare you that . I couldn’t get enough of her. thank you for that memory. Incidentally I just found this site you linked the other day and was struck by the plethora of female poets, many of whom I had not read . Great site!

    • Glad you have enjoyed it.
      I feel frequently that I missed out on something not ‘meeting’ Emily Dickinson until I was an English teacher! “Delicate and fragile stanzas” is a good observation. I find her analyses of situations to be very gentle. Very valuable thing, a tender view! I also just discovered Mary Oliver in March. I was struck how similar my style is to hers, and yet I’d never heard of her until I picked up a few books of her work in Portland last spring.

      • I must admit I know very little (next to nothing really ) about Mary Oliver. I will add her to the list of must reads. I am partial to Sylvia Plath. Our Manic energies are Kindred I think lol Oddly i was watching a you tube channel last night called crash course and they did a show on Emily Dickinson. I’m starting to think the universe is trying to tell me something 🙂

      • Isn’t it interesting how often that happens? You suddenly discover something new, and then it’s all over the place! I first ‘met’ Sylvia Plath in high school. I found her story fascinating. The frequent suicidal depression was very tragic, though.

      • We were just discussing this yesterday at my home. We just discovered Crash Course on you tube with John Greene this week and then voila its being talked about on a blog the next day! Yes her depressive stages were her undoing sadly. She went through three rounds at least) of shock therapy . It really affected her ability to write and yet never “cured” her bipolar. Very tragic indeed.

  7. wambliokiye Says:

    Love her poems !! 🙂

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