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Featured Poem: A Light Exists in Spring by Emily Dickinson

Written by Francesca Dolan, 25th April 2022

The theme for this month's Featured Poems is 'Light and Darkness', mirroring this year's Reader Bookshelf. This week, Jess Harrison reads 'A Light Exists in Spring' by Emily Dickinson.

A Light Exists in Spring

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 hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human nature feels.

It waits upon the lawn;
It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.

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.

By Emily Dickinson


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