Emily Dickinson’s To-Do List on Poetry Friday

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I’m crazy right now with NaNoWriMo, so for today’s Poetry Friday, I’ll be sharing a quick poem by Andrea Carlisle from I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems & His Poems Collected in Pairs, collected by Naomi Shihab Nye and Paul B Janeczko.

Emily Dickinson‘s To-Do List

Figure out what to wear—white dress?
Put hair in bun
Bake gingerbread for Sue
Peer out window at passersby
Write poem
Hide poem

White dress? Off-white dress?
Feed cats
Chat with Lavinia
Work in garden
Letter to T.W.H.

White dress or what?
Eavesdrop on visitors from behind door
Write poem
Hide poem

Try on new white dress
Gardening—watch out for narrow fellows in grass!
Gingerbread, cakes, treats
Poems: Write and hide them

Embroider sash for white dress
Write poetry
Water flowers on windowsill
Hide everything

By Andrea Carlisle

This week’s Poetry Friday is brought to you by laurasalas: writing the world for kids.


4 thoughts on “Emily Dickinson’s To-Do List on Poetry Friday”

  1. It’s a great poem! What a perfect model for students writing poems from the pov of any character, historical or otherwise. I want to try one! Thanks for sharing and good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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