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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hope: Shelf Elf

When I was thinking about our "hope" theme this month, for some reason, those lines from that famous Emily Dickinson poem kept coming to mind: Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul.* I love that whole poem because it captures so much of what hope is for me. Hope can be fragile and impermanent, but it is often stronger than it looks. Sometimes it appears when you need it most, and when you’ve almost forgotten what it is, like a bird in the springtime. What makes me hopeful? Poetry. Lucky pennies. Random acts of kindness.

- Shelf Elf

* Read Emily Dickinson's poem in its entirety.

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3 comments:

Melissa Walker said...

A gorgeous quote to conjure, Shelf Elf. Thank you!

cupcakewitch said...

Great quote!

Little Willow said...

Thank you, Shelf Elf. :)