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For a woman considered to be a virgin spinster, I often wondered about Emily Dickinson’s most erotic poem about wild nights, rowing, and mooring within another. A tribute, this.

Image of Emily Dickinson

—Emily Dickinson

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.

Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

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  • linaji
    linajialmost 6 years ago

    I DID NOT KNOW THAT??? love the tones you used and the poem itself truly lends one to ponder..

  • yes, how women are portrayed historically should all give us pause.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonalmost 6 years ago

    this is fabulous work, Mary Ann!

  • thanks Gail:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 6 years ago

    oooo great image to go with the verse!!!!! Wonderful!!!

  • glad you likes it Lois.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 6 years ago

    This is such an amazing series of work Mary Ann!
    The image & verse show 2 sides of a true original.

  • thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 6 years ago

    An absolutely AMAZING piece!!!!!!!!!!! oxoxoxoxox

  • thanks Sally:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Albert Dickson
    Albert Dicksonalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic! I never knew this. It makes you wonder.

  • yes it sure made me reconsider the “history” I had been taught:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 6 years ago

    what a great series of work, a pleasure to look at.

  • Thanks Larry:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroalmost 6 years ago

    Awesome series of images, love all!

  • thanks Luis:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Tomatohead
    Tomatoheadalmost 6 years ago

    One of my favorite poems of all time – I love this work and congratulations also!!

  • thanks NEls. a favorite of mine too…

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 5 years ago

    WOW, this is fabulous, love it!

  • thanks Karen.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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