DON’T TRIP ON THE TROPES: “There Came a Day at Summer’s Full Entirely for Me”

TROPES(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved.

Here is another beautiful example of Emily Dickinson‘s “sacramental” relationship with the natural world (cf., my previous posts).





THERE came a day at summer’s full
Entirely for me;
I thought that such were for the saints,
Where revelations be.

The sun, as common, went abroad, 
The flowers, accustomed, blew,
As if no sail the solstice passed
That maketh all things new.

The time was scarce profaned by speech;
The symbol of a word 
Was needless, as at sacrament
The wardrobe of our Lord.

Each was to each the sealed church,
Permitted to commune this time,
Lest we too awkward show 
At supper of the Lamb.

The hours slid fast, as hours will,
Clutched tight by greedy hands;
So faces on two decks look back,
Bound to opposing lands.

And so, when all the time had failed,
Without external sound,
Each bound the other’s crucifix,
We gave no other bond.

Sufficient troth that we shall rise— 
Deposed, at length, the grave—
To that new marriage, justified
Through Calvaries of Love!

English: Grave of Emily Dickinson in Amherst, ...

English: Grave of Emily Dickinson in Amherst, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[Now if that sounds naïve-dumb-stupid to you? You have tripped on the tropes.]

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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6 Responses to DON’T TRIP ON THE TROPES: “There Came a Day at Summer’s Full Entirely for Me”

  1. Mathew Paust says:

    Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!


  2. Lonie Fulgham says:

    I’m really enjoying this one. I think I’m detecting a few puns, how fun!


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