My salad dressing days

I continue to fantasise about visiting the sea
July 6, 2005, 12:32 pm
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…and owning a dog. And it’s all because I stumbled across this poem by Emily Dickinson [1830-1886] in a supermarket magazine (of all places):

I started Early—Took my Dog—
And visited the Sea—
The Mermaids in the Basement
Came out to look at me—

And Frigates—in the Upper Floor
Extended Hempen Hands—
Presuming Me to be a Mouse—
Aground—upon the Sands—

But no Man moved Me—till the Tide
Went past my simple Shoe—
And past my Apron—and my Belt—
And past my Bodice—too—

And made as He would eat me up—
As wholly as a Dew
Upon a Dandelion’s Sleeve—
And then—I started—too—

And He—He followed—close behind—
I felt his Silver Heel
Upon my Ankle—Then my Shoes
Would overflow with Pearl—

Until We met the Solid Town—
No One He seemed to know—
And bowing—with a Might look—
At me—The Sea withdrew—


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Sigh, I can never read Emily Dickensen poems without mentally setting them to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme song. They always lose something that way. Although the song *almost*, but not quite, fits Shakespeare, and his words somehow gain by it.

Comment by katiedid

oooh, what’s Gilligan’s Island? and why the association with emily d’s poems?

Comment by Urban Chick

Katiedid! That is hilarious! It does fit the tune really well!

Gilligan’s Island was an old sitcom here in the states during the 70s. It was about a group of tourists who’s small tour boat (The Minnow) was caught in a storm. They were shipwrecked for years. The characters were really a hoot, it was a favorite of mine as a kid.

Here is the fan site.

Comment by GodlessMom

Come to Miami! Ill take you out on my 18 foot powerboat 🙂

Comment by The Lazy Iguana

help! i need to HEAR the theme tune NOW!

i’m googling…

Comment by Urban Chick

I love Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Such excellent imagery.

Comment by Jenny G

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