With all my misadventures this summer, I sadly discovered that I am behind on my blogging. Today, while I looked through some old papers, I found an essay that I had written in college about Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.” The paper was written over twenty years ago, and I would not bore you with the dissection of the poem. However, part of the assignment was to write a poem in a similar style to Dickinson’s work, and that I would love to share today.
Funny, how over twenty years ago, I was in the middle of a new adventure while going to college, so I could start a career in teaching. While writing that poem, never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined actually being related to this amazing poet!
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
By Emily Dickinson
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading – treading – till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through –
And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum –
Kept beating – beating – till I thought
My mind was going numb –
And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space – began to toll,
As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race,
Wrecked, solitary, here –
And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down –
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing – then –
By Ann Marie Bryant
Even now – after endless years-
A dark silhouette still haunts.
Though I’ve shed a stream of tears-
The re-creation exploits my thoughts.
Domination –- Manipulation-
A weapon of pain and despair.
It rips the soul –- raw emotion-
Is it more than I can bear?
Cover the sorrow –- hide the pain-
Masquerade a truth.
Play the game but refrain-
From scrutinizing the misuse.
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
6th Cousin 5X Removed
10 DEC 1830 • Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
15 MAY 1886 • Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
Family Tree for Emily Dickinson
John Gallup (1615-1675) and Hannah Lakes
Christobel Gallup (1660-1708)
Judge John Crary (1686-1759)
Prudence Crary (1722-1761)
Sarah Fairbanks (1757-1840)
Betsey Fay (1777-1829)
Emily Norcross (1804-1882)
Emily Dickinson ( 1830-1886)
Family Tree for Ann Marie Reeder Bryant
son of Hannah Lake
son of John Gallup
daughter of Capt. John Gallup
son of Elizabeth Gallup
son of Zachariah Frink
son of Daniel Frink
son of Zachariah Frink
daughter of Elias Frink
daughter of Clarissa Amelia Frink
daughter of Ellsa LaDuke
daughter of Anna Strassburg
daughter of Elva Marie Bryant
daughter of Dorothy Marie Allen
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