Hope is the thing with feathers

I caught this bird basking on the golden branches of a tree and it struck me

How large the bird was, and how slender and fragile the branches.

Sometimes, life feels like that: the heavy weight of a burden

Sitting on the fragile tree of life.

You don’t think you can support the weight. But you do.

Because just like that lovely tree, we are stronger than we realize.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all.

— Emily Dickinson

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42 thoughts on “Hope is the thing with feathers

  1. I used to love that bit of Emily Dickinson, and I had forgotten it. Thank you for reminding me. Now it is new again, and I can love it once more.
    Your photo is beautiful, and the bird does look too big for the fragile branches.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I do love to have visitors!

    Kay, Alberta


  2. One of my very favorite poems. And your analogy is also very apt. Heavy burdens borne by fragile branches, yet those branches are often stronger than we realize.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit!


  3. Well-chosen words to accompany your photo. Yup, I feel that way right now as I’m waiting to schedule two important orthopedic surgeries. I’ll try to “think” like the bird!! PS. Thanks for visiting my camera critter blog yesterday.


  4. I always wonder how a huge crow can perch on the tip top of a fragile branch, but never thought to put together the wonderful metaphor that you did. Now whenever I see such a bird in a tree, I’ll think of you.


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