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Emily's Message by Laurie Kolp

 Startled Flight SML Helen Burke

Emily's Message

    - Laurie Kolp © 2017


Last night in my dreams
Emily Dickinson appeared in white
and took me by the hand.

We drifted like cumulus clouds—
she, a Nightingale; and I, a feather—
fluffing through the bluest blue.

I knew what she was thinking
although she said no words aloud.
Her thoughts, the cooling wind

slapped some sense in cushioned cheeks
urged me to steer away from me,
the dream’s significance yet unknown.

Still, her presence left me ever mindful—
there is nothing more to life than charity
and death is less than what lies before us.

Laurie Kolp is the author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello, It's Your
Mother (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her recent publications include concis, By&By Poetry, Bracken, Up the
Staircase Quarterly, Front Porch Journal, and more. Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three
children and two dogs.

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Above image, 'Startled Flight,' is by Helen Burke

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