Feeling blue, & Emily Dickinson’s poem “I started early”

I lost last week.

Do you ever experience those segments of time when the hours seem to simply float on to nowhere leaving you behind, alone?

Do you ever feel that you cannot even get motivated enough to be progressive, or to even care whether you are or not?

Last week got away from me. I hate when that happens. Blue isn’t just a beautiful colour.


The up side is Spring is taking hold here now. The birds are singing and building nests, some already feeding their young. Buds are beginning to swell, although at my home on a higher landscape the snow is not completely gone. This week is expected to be rainy some days, so that will take the last of the snow away. Good, I say!

Now to the main topic of my post … Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)

She was a melancholy person and became very reclusive. Are you familiar with any of Emily Dickinson’s poetry? I didn’t know much about her or her writing, but awhile ago I came across one of her poems and I liked it so much I thought perhaps you would enjoy it on You Tube. Please take your time and watch it/listen to it several times to take it all in. Check it out: Emily Dickinson’s I started early    

Y0u can read about her life here. It’s a very interesting article.

I used to write a lot of poetry, but haven’t written much the last many years except in an online challenge. For me, poetry seems to tap into a part of my being that nothing else can reach, and releases from my inner thought processes what nothing else seems able to do.

blue sparkles

How do you feel about poetry? Do you enjoy it? 

Which do you prefer – reading it or writing it? or do you enjoy equally reading and writing poetry?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂


10 responses to “Feeling blue, & Emily Dickinson’s poem “I started early”

  1. I think lots of people were feeling blue last week – and worried, for that matter. Events in Boston, in my home state of Texas and elsewhere were fairly depressing. But, time goes on and it appears that for the time being those problems are more in hand than they were.

    I do enjoy poetry, but I do far more reading than writing. Sometimes I will write a poem, but it usually “writes itself” – that is, an idea just isn’t right for an essay so it takes another form.

    I have a hard time with most of Dickinson’s work these days. She’s a little too gloomy for me, or maybe better to say a little too introspective. I’ve spent a lot of time in my life focused on my own interior life. Back in the say, we called it “navel-gazing”. Today, I don’t have much patience for that. It’s fine with me if others want to do so – it’s not “wrong”. It’s just less important to me.

    Here’s hoping for a better week!


    • For sure, it was a tragic week. Here in Canada we also suddenly lost a wonderful artist – a singer-songwriter (Rita MacNeil) from Nova Scotia – who was much loved by many. She had a way of writing from the heart and soul of who we are. Last week was a sad week on many levels. I think we all are ready for a better one.

      Strangely, although I enjoy writing poetry on occasion as I feel led to write it, I don’t read a lot of poetry. Sometimes I just find it hard to get through so have to take my time with it.

      Thanks for your comment, Linda.


  2. I have bipolar disorder and struggle with depressive episodes from time to time, so I do understand, but to a more extreme. But even in my normal I have blah days–just not to the extremes of my depressive episodes. I just think that’s my mind’s way of saying that I need to calm down and chill and just relax and not try to force motivation. Forcing anything just makes the problem worse.


    • Welcome to my blog, Amber! 🙂
      Thank you for sharing from your experience of mental health issues. From what you said, I think you have found a sensible and balanced way of dealing with it. Balance is so important, and that is something I am finding very hard to establish in my own life with all the stress and things going on. Thanks for the reminder and words of wisdom.


  3. I love Emily Dickinson. What a lovely video. Thanks for sharing. I do hope you have a better week ahead. I find these things come and go for most of us. My favourite – “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” Emily Dickinson.


  4. I think the world was given plenty of reason to be ‘Blue’ last week. I’m still not sure what the violence is expected to achieve because all it seems to do is engender even more violence in it’s wake. Maybe it’s time for the West to use a little of the introspection poetry takes to find out exactly why we’re viewed in the way we are by those who wish us harm an actually try to correct that image before the violence escalates again. The World can do without it.
    Poetry is such a personal thing when written and yet can resonate with so many. Emily Dickinson could leave you feeling blue with her work so powerful it is and yet I wonder if she knew it’s power when she wrote it or was just reflecting her own mood of the day. I also wonder what went on in Lewis Carrol’s mind to write The Jabberwocky, if he knew what pleasure such nonsense would bring to so many..
    Hugs to all. xx


    • You know the words from an old Beatle song? “all we need is love … lalalalala … all we need is love … dododododo … all we need is love, love, love is all we need.” (excuse my morning singing voice) THAT is what the world needs. REAL TRUE LOVE. I could get into a rant on this point, so I will just say … love is what we need!

      Poetry has a way of touching the human spirit in a way other things miss. And nonsense is good now and again, isn’t it? 🙂
      I hope you are doing well, David. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.


  5. I like to write poetry even if it is just for me to read. I am happy Spring is coming. It is still kind of cold here, but it is getting warmer. I hope you are pink and not blue today! 😀


    • Poetry is fun to write, even if just for oneself.
      Thank you, Erik. Yes, I am more pink than blue today. 🙂
      I hope you have a pinkish day yourself. 😉


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