Monroe student Rico Neely describes his relationship to Emily Dickinson’s work, then shares a poem in her style.

By Rico Neely

In the poems by Emily Dickinson, she expresses the way she feels by using code-like language, comparing what was happening to her to something everyone could’ve related with. Just like Ms. Dickinson, I too feel as though there can always be something much deeper than the average eye can see, than the average mind can fathom. In writing her poetry, her punctuations- the use of dashes- are heavily questioned; could it be grammatical ignorance, is it a point to prove, or is it simply a habit? After reviewing her life, I can confidently say that we all have an Emily Dickinson inside ourselves in some way shape or form. Even the most introverted individual can realize that they can relate with her. Being known for always wearing white clothes, this woman that was often overlooked, kept heavy thoughts, and looked at life from a different perspective. Emily Dickinson is that part of us that we let seep out every once in a while, however no one would ever have a clue.


Emily Dickinson Inspired Poem- A Silent Cry for Freedom

By Rico Neely

The red rose- it cripples in the wind.
Crying to be freed from the environment it is held hostage in- the bumble bees and ants ignore its desperate cry for freedom-
And rape it of it riches- one by one.

The remedy to the cry- a being dressed in black-
Standing tall- adjacent to the being dressed in all white-
Darkness and purity-
They both mumble silently to themselves- a prayer.
A prayer for death- A prayer for life.

The wind halts- everything halts.
Divine peace-
Death. The screaming Field lies exhausted from the extreme mutilation and abuse-
At peace, alas-
They couldn’t see to see.