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Friday, 16 April 2021

'Grief is the thing with feathers.'

Grief is the thing with feathers is the title of a book by Ned Porter. I haven't read it, but for some reason the title has been running through my mind lately. I'd imagined it must be a quote from something, but if so, I haven't been able to find out what.

I don't understand it - does it mean that grief is like a bird? I don't know. But somehow it resonates.

I thought we might use it as a starting point for some writing.

Grief is an emotion, a feeling. Think of others - happiness, sadness, jealousy, anger. Make up your own metaphor: eg Anger is a fire-breathing dragon, Joy is a balloon the colour of rainbows.

Using one of these as a starting point, write a poem or a story that explores that particular emotion.

Update - a friend has told me that the title is adapted from a poem by Emily Dickinson. Here it is.

“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.

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