Friday, April 22, 2022

Filling the Well: Emily Dickinson and Louie Schwartzberg (Earth Day)

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
Read Emily Dickinson's advice on prairie restoration at WingraSprings.
 "The Beauty of Pollination" 
Meet the artist who is painting 50,000 bees to raise awareness of their plight HERE.

April 12: Beverly Cleary
The Progressive Poem is a crowd favorite during National Poetry Month. Today it's making its 22nd stop at Reflections on the Teche, where Margaret Simon is also hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup. 
You'll find the National Poetry Month kidlit events roundup at Jama's Alphabet Soup.



  1. I love this poem because revery (for me, wonder) can do an awful lot. But if bees are few, even revery might not cut it. Sorry, Emily! :>D

  2. Wow, talk about being on a prolonged buzz! Love those bee murals (does he eat honey every day?). Another fabulous dip into the well of creativity and inspiration, Michelle. Of course I love the Emily poem -- is that her handwriting? It looks different from the other samples I've seen.

    1. That's some eye you've got there, Jama! I assumed it was Emily's handwriting, but as it turns out, you're right! The abstract says, "A transcription of Emily Dickinson's poem "To make a prairie it takes a clover." The transcription is part of the collection of transcriptions of Dickinson's poems produced by Mabel Loomis Todd for publication in a volume edited by her. Most transcriptions are in Todd’s own hand; some are typed, and some were transcribed by other individuals. Editor's marks and notations are written on the transcript. This transcription is part of the Printer's Copy for Poems: Third Series."

  3. I love the simplicity of E.D.'s work and the spirituality. I looked up "revery" because she often used obscure meanings, but in this, it means daydreaming. It's an amazing poem. Thanks for highlighting L.S., a fellow Upstate New Yorker. What a great project to inspire us all.

  4. That is one of my favorite Emily D. poems, just right for today. I was fascinated by the artist painting 50,000 bees! I love his dedication! (At first I pictured that he was trying to put paint on actual bees, which would be a whole different endeavor, haha)

  5. You had me at Emily Dickinson. I drove past her city a week ago and thought, the next time I'm in Mass., I'm going to stop at her house and wander through. Miss Dickinson is a poet that grows on me every time I encounter her words.

  6. Thanks for this dance with bees and pollinators so important, practical, and magical ❤️ all here—and always love any poem by Emily, especially her revery with bees!

  7. Oh my! That video was fabulous! And yes, more reverie! Thank you for sharing all of this today!

  8. Oh, that bee artist, wow. And Emily knew! I keep trying to tell people to leave, at least, the first dandelions, bee's first food in the spring. Some seem to know, others, no. Thanks, Michelle, for a beautiful & important post.

  9. I've been buzzing over here in my mind all month, but sadly lacking in follow-through! So thanks, belatedly, for the bounty. These contributions certainly help fill my well; the Emily poem is one of my favorites. Honeyed hugs to you...xo

  10. Michelle, I need to backtrack through your poems. this post is filled with a sweet message from Emily and a powerful photos. Ah, spring has sprung within your post even when it dips back into cold weather coming up. I saw my first bee yesterday on a simply beautiful spring day.

  11. A lot of truth in these few lines. Thanks for the post.