Friday, April 9, 2010

Hope is the Thing With Feathers

One of my favorite old movies is "A Patch of Blue," with Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, and Elizabeth Hartman, which you can watch, in full, on youtube. The message is still timely today - there is hope, no matter your circumstances. The movie is based on the book by Elizabeth Kata.

We all experience things that can make hope flee, but it is always there, on the horizon, and will "perch in the soul" once again. One of my favorite quotes ever comes from Emily Dickinson, and is about hope.

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

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

~Emily Dickinson

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