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There is another sky

by Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

(image from gardeninggonewild):

sunlight garden,

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields –
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!

A poem whose meaning is open to some interpretation-

There is another sky by Emily Dickinson

has an effortless quality of expression

evoking imagery of nature’s beauty in a garden scene.

Though simple, the poem sparks an element of quiet mystery.

At a glance,  it seems an address

that the poet directs to her brother William Austin Dickinson

known as Austin.

The poem seems to serve a purpose

of comforting him

in the wake of some unfortunate occurence;

of advising him

to consider a perspective of positive outlook;

of reminding him

that as a loving sister, she can offer solace in his time of need.

The cause of the unrest unknown; yet this little matters.

It is the effect which is of importance.

Though it may well be a poem with Austin as specific audience,

the poem resonates with the wider, general readership.

Its message seems to be one

of looking to the future

for new beginnings / opportunities and

of leaving to the past

memories of disappointments /  heartaches.