Emily Dickinson’s lost Dog ( on reading an Essay)

Among the dried autumn leaves
lies the grave of a master poet
Why are they still in pursuit of the dog?
Let the poor thing too rest in peace.

Seasons and landscapes change
as do people and tastes
A classic poem can endure all
Including autopsies on its soul.

Did the poet write of a lover
or was the lover a poet
Was Dandelion a dress or a weed?
Dissecting her poems like guinea pigs.

She laughs in her grave, an enigmatic poet
Edited into posthumous sanity today
Richly bound her books-a collector’s item
Her poems-masterpieces, they say.

Why must a poet rationalise her thoughts
She pities them now she is dead and done
tolerating their earnestness to master her tone
Yet won’t they ever leave her poor dog alone?

So I thought once, yet now I think
when you and I are under those leaves
I’ll not be sad if they maul our tender words
but rather glad that they read it at least.


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About Reena Prasad

Reena Prasad is a poet from India, now based in Sharjah. She has several poems published in English anthology collections (Change, Indus Valley, Love in Verses, Musings—a Mosaic, eight anthologies by Barry Mowles and Friends and 10 of Brian Wrixon’s anthologies, also in online jounals: Carty’s Poetry Journal, Indian Ruminations, Indian Review and in online magazines such as Youth Ki Awaaz and Thanal Online. . Her poems have found place among the winning entries in contests by Writer's Cafe, Ekphrasis India and Poets Corner. She is a contributor to many international journals like The Copperfield Review, First Literary Review-East, Angle Journal etc

5 thoughts on “Emily Dickinson’s lost Dog ( on reading an Essay)

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Suffused throughout with brilliant strands of sophisticated humour,this is both an entertaining and erudite dissertation on the fickle nature of fame.

  2. Lokesh Roy

    perhaps a dig at those literary critics who unnecessarily meddle too much -hope & pray I am’nt one of them !

  3. Louis Kasatkin

    This poem comprises one of the twelve chosen for inclusion in , ” PICK OF THE POEMS ” an Editorial selection of the best poems posted during July 1 – September 30 here at Destiny Poets. Our Facebook page carried the original announcement on Friday,30 November.” PICK OF THE POEMS ” is an Editorial Selection of poems posted in each Quarterly period throughout the year at http://www.destinypoets.co.uk The selection is tabulated in alphabetical order and PART 3 are choices made from the Calendar period July 1st.-September 30th. This notification is also posted and can be viewed under HEAR HEAR at http://www.destinypoets.co.uk * A Silly poem – Madhumita Ghosh….* Childhood – Fathima Manal….* Emily Dickinson’s lost Dog – Reena Prasad….* Hunger Reactions – Sunil Sharma….* I never walk alone – Kusum Vig….* Infinity – Gina McKnight….* It Falls – Keith Wallis….* Languishing – Stephanie Doty….* Mental Bullying – Aparna Pathak….* Swaying of thoughts – Diwakar Pokhriyal….* What’s united about our kingdom ? ” – Phil Martin….* Wish I could have been there – Jan Phillips.


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