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

Reena R is a poet/writer from India, currently living in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and journals. She is the Destiny Poets UK's Poet of the year for 2014 and one of the editors of The Significant Anthology released in July 2015. She won awards at ‘World Union Of Poet’s’ poetry competition, 2016 and at "As You Like It International Poetry Contest’. She won the Reuel International Prize for poetry, 2018.

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. 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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