Monday, February 14, 2022

Don't Dishearten

On Valentine's Day,
the heart wants what the heart wants!
Thanks to my friend Katie for the green glass heart
and winter snowflake jewelry!
In the summer of 1862, Emily Dickinson (1830 - 86) wrote to her friend Mary Bowles (1827 - 93), offering comfort during a time when Mary's husband Samuel Bowles (1826 - 78) was traveling abroad and Mary was missing him:
Dear Mary, When the Best is gone - I know that other things are not of consequence - The Heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care -

You wonder why I write - so - Because I cannot help - I like to have you know some care - so when your life gets faint for it's other life - you can lean on us - We wont break, Mary. We look very small - but the Reed can carry weight.

Not to see what we love, is very terrible - and talking - does'nt ease it - and nothing does - but just itself.

. . . Don't dishearten - Mary - We'll keep thinking of you - Kisses for all.

Years later, Emily comforts Mary
upon the occasion of Samuel's death.
Broken heart . . . broken words:

January 1878

I hasten to you, Mary, because no moment must be lost when a heart is breaking, for though it broke so long, each time is newer than the last, if it broke truly. To be willing that I should speak to you was so generous, dear.

Sorrow almost resents love, it is so inflamed.

I am glad if the broken words helped you. I had not hoped so much, I felt so faint in uttering them, thinking of your great pain. . . .


See the Everyman Edition of
Emily Dickinson Letters
(pages 139 - 140, 198 - 99)

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