Lois Hjelmstad

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Compassion and courage for the times you need it.

A friend quoted a poem by Emily Dickinson last night. I have loved her poems since the first time I read one. Les gave me The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson early in our marriage. I feel richly complimented when people tell me, “Your poems remind me of Emily Dickinson.” Which is great for me, not so much for Emily!

Awareness of small details seems to be Dickinson’s strong suit. It is so important to be aware of each moment, each little victory, each good feeling that rises from the pit of your stomach, even if it is gone almost as soon as it arrives.

At 81, I become increasingly aware–looking past the aches, the CFS/ME, the breast cancer scars, the knowing that this life is not forever–that this moment is mine.

My body is alive and present; my mind is clear enough; my love still sits beside me.

This moment is mine.

Thanks for quoting the poem, Anne!

2 Responses

  1. Dickinson shows us, so beautifully, how each moment makes a story and therefore presents a gift. I love the way you show this too.

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