‘A Light Exists in Spring’ by Emily Dickinson

Artwork by Shelley Johannes.

Spring is around the corner!. Today we join the great American poet Emily Dickinson to usher in this lovely time of the year when we bid goodbye to winter’s gloom and welcome foliage and flowers starting to bloom. Nature is a theme that was close to Dickinson’s heart. She wrote more than 500 poems on the subject, taking delight in the beauty and magic of the pre-industrial landscape when humans still treated the earth that gives with love and respect. Here is ‘The Light that Exists in Spring.’

The Light that Exists in Spring
by Emily Dickinson

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

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