Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Long Shadows

Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn
Indicative that suns go down;
The notice to the startled grass
That darkness is about to pass.
–Emily Dickinson

That poem came to my mind when I took the picture. I googled the poem so I'd be sure to get it right and stumbled upon two things I didn't realize. The first is kind of nice, the second is unfortunate:

1. Look at the first line of the poem; don't think about meaning. What do you notice about the way it looks? It's considerably longer than the other three lines in the poem; Dickinson's duplicating the length of a shadow in the length of her line.

2. Emily Dickinson died when she was 55.