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It's All I Have to Bring To-Day
Emily Dickinson


It's All I Have To Bring To-Day,
This, and my heart beside,
This, and my heart, and all the fields,
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count, should I forget, --
Some one the sum could tell, --
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell.

This poem is in the public domain.


Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) is considered a major American poet, though she was not accorded this honor until well after her death, when her younger sister discovered and began to share the enormous body of work that Emily left behind. A recluse who almost always wore white, Emily was born to a prominent Massachusetts family and spent the bulk of her life inside her home in Amherst. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime, and virtually none were published as originally written until the mid 1950s. (Emily’s odd punctuation, capitalization, and formatting did not meet with standard publishing  “approval” for earlier editions.)  There is a whimsical nature to many of her poems, although the subject of death was the most frequent recurring theme.








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Lovely. She is always inspiring.
Posted 06/07/2018 06:22 PM
Absolutely Love It!
Posted 06/07/2018 05:49 PM
Gilbert Allen:
The ending of this poem seems perfect--with that unexpected hint of future honey.
Posted 06/07/2018 11:26 AM
michael escoubas:
Inspiring! Thank you Jayne, for this excellent post--it is just what I need as the day gets underway.
Posted 06/07/2018 11:22 AM
Love this poem. A very good choice!
Posted 06/07/2018 10:29 AM
If anyone is perplexed as to why I submit my comments at 4.30 in the morning! I live in Devon in England and I am actually having breakfast at about 8.30 a.m. - our time.! Tea, toast and a bacon butty!
Posted 06/07/2018 10:28 AM
I'm nobody. Who are you?
Posted 06/07/2018 10:19 AM
So nice. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Posted 06/07/2018 08:51 AM
I on e visited her home; such a solitary life...such wisdom in her writing.
Posted 06/07/2018 07:21 AM
One of my favourite poets. I love it. Thank you for reminding me of it. What a lovely lady.
Posted 06/07/2018 04:24 AM

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