High Hopes



Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

27 thoughts on “High Hopes”

  1. I am always hopeful that things will turn out fine and proceed smoothly..though there are bumps in the road ..I will not be deterred just step over them or walk around them and hopefully will be able to take on what is the next thing in life…

    1. How wonderful to live so close to Emily’s home. I was due to visit there a year or so ago but alas it didn’t happen. Hopefully one of these days ….. The movie sounds like it would be great. Please keep me posted re its progress as I’d love to see it.

  2. Beautiful Jean – I’ve read some of Dickinson’s poetry but I’ve never seen that one – very nice. And great picture. 🙂

  3. Thank you, Jean, for reminding us that hope is important. I know in the past few days, I have felt hopeless, and it has been a time of searing grief and experiencing that grief while hope has perched in my soul, waiting and knowing that I will need it. My heart goes out to you in Ireland as you bury your sons and daughters this week.

    1. Suz, I’m very sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling so low and grief-stricken and hope that things will seem brighter soon.

      Thanks for your sympathy about the poor Irish students who died so tragically in that awful fall in California. I can’t stop thinking about the families involved. They have been so dignified and ‘giving’ in spite of their grief. Quite amazing and inspiring.

  4. I love Emily Dickinson too and your photo is lovely – what a perfect match. Such a joy to sit at my computer and read your posts before I start work:):)

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