Sunday, June 03, 2007


To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

-- Emily Dickinson


sam of the ten thousand things said...

A very direct piece on the creative process. Thanks for this, Suzanne.

Pamela said...

This is my favorite of all Dickinson poems--I have used it in my thesis introduction for the M.F.A. (still in process).

Emmy said...

oh, i love this poem--thanks for posting it. makes me think of a bee i saw yesterday in the rio grande keeping afloat: to make a border it takes a river and a bee. one river, and a bee. and wings. the wings alone will do, if bees are few.

and thank you so much for sending "spring tide!" i look forward to reading it.

Valerie Loveland said...

I usually don't like poems to be untitled, but it it just seems right that hers don't have titles.

Thanks for posting this--it's a great poem.

Suzanne said...

This is my favorite E.D. poem.

And Emmy, my pleasure! xo

Robin said...

Happy to be reminded of this one. Thanks, Suzanne.

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Let's hope, indeed, that revery is enough, since we're down on our bees...!

michi said...

lovely to read this again.