Sonnet for Emily

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads  – The Tuesday Platform
The Tiger (William Blake)

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How I admire your brief language poems,
eloquent words expressed as soft silk.
Rich gardens of verse from your Amherst home
where flowers flourished like a bold-toned quilt.

A love of creation in writing, science,
and keen observation of human frailties,
enjoined you to a life of self-reliance,
to question beliefs of matters most weighty.

You tired of trite parlor conversations
preferring letters exchanged with friends,
where viewpoints were discussed without oration.
Some called you reclusive; you did not bend.

Those painstaking hand-sewn books of mind and heart
live on, sustain us, as does all fine art.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Sonnet for Emily

  1. Thotpurge says:

    This is lovely.., I can see Emily and her garden of verse!


  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Yes, aren’t we lucky to have her legacy!


  3. Jim says:

    Emily lived in the day of pen pals. That’s how I describe online social networking to people left behind who don’t understand its how’s and why’s.

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    Such a stunning tribute!❤️


  5. A passionate and lovely tribute.


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