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…the bumblebee: Emily Dickinson

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This poem may be RT’s favorite by an American poet; it certainly is the only poem he carries around in his wallet. Rarely does a poem possess the kind of precision and punch that Dickinson delivers here. She breaks right though the skin of things to reveal the whole world in tension between motion and rest, knowledge and mystery. Stillness is not death, but an infinite reflection of life…RT




SOME things that fly there be,—             

Birds, hours, the bumble-bee:  

Of these no elegy.


Some things that stay there be,—          

Grief, hills, eternity:              

Nor this behooveth me.


There are, that resting, rise.      

Can I expound the skies?           

How still the riddle lies!

–Emily Dickinson (1862)

Photo: Female Worker, Bombus Pratorum; author, Bernie Kohl; WikiCmns; Public Domain.


  1. March 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    an early American Buddhist poet

    • March 10, 2013 at 3:29 am

      midnight: possibly…was she influenced by emerson? i should bit the bullet and sit down with a good biography… RT

  2. mj
    March 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Amazing piece. I read it here again after many years. Thanks for putting it up. She was a brilliant poet…. Dickinson!

  3. March 10, 2013 at 3:31 am

    mj: thxs for your enthusiasm…i myself should be more familiar with indian poetry…there must be more than a few good anthologies out there… RT

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