DICKINSON2&'There is no frigate like a...

AS I SAID TO EMILY

March 13, 1993|By Tillie Friedenberg

AS I SAID TO EMILY DICKINSON

2&

'There is no frigate like a book

@to stir imaginations?

We've collected buckets

of ancient stars,

created new constellations.

I'd prefer one fanciful flight

in his arms

to a shelf full of bound

imitations.''

WHAT I LEARNED IN MISS STRASBURGER'S CLASS

7+

Schoolgirls who sat up front in class

became well versed in lessons

planned and in the unplanned lessons

taught by teacher's hands.

Like the mother stroking

%

the newborn's head

the artist stroking his last

few lines,

her fingers stroked pages

`

she read aloud,

almond-tipped fingers

(

caressing the rhymes.

While my heart filled with

rapture, too,

her hands wrought magic

of their own,

subject matter I learned

by heart

as I became, for the term,

)

the words in the poem.

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