‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers

“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 chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

–– Emily Dickinson


Ripple from The Chair (E6).

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

23 thoughts on “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers”

  1. What a beautiful photo and poem today.
    Binge watched The Chair on August 28 (also my birthday) and it’s very human. The world of academia is not too far removed from either the corporate or bureaucratic world. Constantly changing loyalty is a constant.
    I enjoyed it thoroughly (thank you) and my only criticism: there was zero “chemistry” between Sandra Oh (Ju-Yoon) and Jay Duplass (Bill Dobson). Thus, I had trouble cheering for their partnership.
    Professor Dobson was drawn and quartered for his classroom expression on Nazis (which I felt he was expressing by way of his very negative mimicking.) Yet, out of context this expression appeared to be a tribute. The dominos just continued to fall down hard on top of each other. Hmm 🤔


    1. Heather,

      Bill Dobson’s ordeal just shows how easily the images or even words we post on any public forum/media can be manipulated… faces can be changed, words can be taken out of context, a joke can be rendered as something serious. I think in this sense, the story is realistic. But I agree with you, not much chemistry there. I only see him as a comic character (also, isn’t he a bit young to be in that role? as he used to be the former Chair, and with a daughter in college) I must admit, while I feel the subject is timely and a topic much needed to be explored, I didn’t invest much emotion when watching the series. My mood was more a detached amusement.

      Another series which I’d enjoyed even more is one catered to a younger audience, Never Have I Ever also on Netflix. I’ve enjoyed the realistic portrayals of immigrant families and the next generation growing up being pulled both ways, the outside world and their family. LOL dialogues and situations. Why, Mindy Kaling (creator) is a sharp, comedic talent!


    2. And, Happy Birthday, Heather! What an interesting thing to do to celebrate. I’ve appreciated it that ‘The Chair’ wraps up Season 1 with Sandra Oh teaching this poem.


      1. Yes! I haven’t seen the show- is it a hopeful ending, or an ending that is in need of the promise of hope? (Or shouldn’t I ask in case of spoilers if I end up watching it? :D)


          1. I did read the review- it sounds interesting! We aren’t currently doing any streaming services so I’ll have to see if I have access! (Or maybe once the rainy season starts we’ll get drawn into streaming again- this summer just wasn’t worth it.)


    1. Interesting thought. Have you seen my latest post of a beautiful natural habitat? I just came back from a road trip to B.C. The inlets from the Strait of Georgia leading into Blackie Spit Park. Glad I made that ‘discovery’.


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