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April is National Poetry Month!

by | Apr 16, 2020 | Fun Reads

Since this month is National Poetry Month, we thought it would be fun to share an inspirational poem.  This is a classic poem by Emily Dickinson describing hope, and we believe it speaks to many of us during these crazy times.  Dickinson describes hope as “a thing with feathers,” which we can assume to be a bird that is always “perched” in our souls surviving hardships (storms) and confusion (strangest Seas) to provide us comfort.  Even more, the tiniest bit of perseverance, less than a “crumb,” is all that is needed to carry on.  This is an empowering poem that reminds us that even in the toughest times, and no matter what we are going through, we can find hope within ourselves.  We hope you find encouragement while reading this poem!

“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 hilliest land—

And on the strangest Sea—

Yet, never, in Extremity,

It asked a crumb—of Me.

—Emily Dickinson