Emily Dickinson’s “A Light Exists in Spring”

It is Amherst Poetry Week (March 22-29) at Amherst College.  There is a Robert Frost symposium, a group discussion of “Emily Dickinson and Animals,” and an exhibit at the Morgan Library, “I’m Nobody! Who are You? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.”  And while you’re there, you can visit the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Well, I just found out about it, so I am going to miss it.

But here’s a lovely Dickinson poem about spring.

“A Light 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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