Sunday, May 1, 2011


Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,
Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.
Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears

— Emily Dickinson


Rachel said...

Happy May Day! This is a good poem to think on today, thank you for sharing.

S. Etole said...

She had a way with words, didn't she?!

Kay L. Davies said...

Your photo is lovely, Leslie, perfect for May Day along with the timeless words of Emily Dickinson.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Noelle Renee said...

I adore this poem! She has given this little purple beauty such a character has she not "covert in April/Candid in May." How superb! Dear to the moss and known by the knoll. My not only a personality but intimate relationships with grasses and hills as well. I wonder is she speaking of the color when she says "next to the robin" and in every human soul ah, the purple of courage or boldness, and nature itself, when bedecked with such bold beauty can never show its age. Well that is my little stab at paraphrase and rather poor since I have not studied this poem but it is indeed one of the most lovely May Day verses I have seen today. Thank you Miss Leslie! Happy May Day to you!

B. Meandering said...

Lovely tribute to the first day of May and to a gifted poet.

My general English juniors are struggling with her poems--they don't understand why she can't call something its proper name instead of making a riddle.
"The Narrow Fellow in the Grass" really threw them as did one about a train. They didn't get that the first poem was about a snake and in the second poem, the horse references were metaphors for the train. (I'm usually very tired after that class.)

Jodi said...

Hello, dear friend, glad to be back visiting here. Have a wonderful May Day.

Rick said...

The early-May promise of spring, and if this one is any indication then it augers well for a colourful month !

Nice choice of words, and photo.

Have a good week !

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful -- I'm so into Miss Dickinson these days --

Tracy said...

Happy May Day, belated, Leslie :o) ((HUGS))

ayala said...

Happy May :)

Loree said...

What a sweet poem. I think it was written for that flower in your photo.

jane said...

p.s. you haven´t lived until you´ve had squid in ink ;)

Rachel said...

Thanks for the anniversary blessings.

Tiago Braga said...

premio para ti no meu blog

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

every single time.
she stupefies me.