Thursday, November 17, 2011

emily dickinson, on time and troubles

They say that 'time assuages,' —
Time never did assuage;
An actual suffering strengthens,
As sinews do, with age.
Time is a test of trouble,
But not a remedy.
If such it prove, it prove too
There was no malady.

— Emily Dickinson

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life...
the Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; 
your love, O Lord, endures forever — 
do not abandon the works of your hands."  

Psalm 138: 7,8

(self-portrait engraving, by Sue Rovelstad Lawless)


S. Etole said...

May the Lord use this time to minister comfort, peace and healing to you.

Loree said...

May He watch over you and comfort you.

Beth said...

This says volumes to me. Am struggling on this end. But you and Susie are showing me some wonderful poems by Emily Dickinson. I used to really like her. But then a professor and a fellow teacher crammed their interpretations down my throat and made her into a puzzle for me, because I didn't interpret her the same way.
You've helped bring her back to me. Thank you, friend.

Tracy said...

May time, and a little Emily Dickinson, soothe your troubles and heal... :o) ((HUGS))

Joyce said...

Leslie, I haven't been online much. I do pray all is well in your corner and you feel the comfort of his presence near you. BIG hugs my friend. xo

Jodi said...


deb colarossi said...

sending love .

what perfect words for the imperfect of life

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

i like to think this is about emily d., sung by the manic street preachers, for they are poets. who knows?
always grateful for when you bring emily d. to the table, even if on a weary note.. cheerz, and courage to you!