Monday, January 19, 2009

I sing to use the waiting

I sing to use the waiting,
My bonnet but to tie,
And shut the door unto my house:
No more to do have I,

Till, his best step approaching,
We journey to the day,
And tell each other how we sang
To keep the dark away.

--Emily Dickinson


  1. I never get her poems. what are they about? It goes over my head. can you explain?

  2. She can be rather vague, I agree. I think that this is about her waiting for him--and you may know how tedious that can be--so she ties her bonnet, closes her door and waits--and waits and waits some more, if her life was like mine is.:-) All the while as she waits for him, she sings to dispel the darkness of the long, lonely nights; and he is singing in the same way for the same reasons while he is away from her. At least this is what she seems to be saying, to my mind. What do you think?