Golden Shovel

How do you find hope?
Do you even know what it is?
Is it the
fleeting thing,
the thing with
graceful feathers?

A shimmering thing that
flutters in and perches
delicately in

Hope alights and
quietly sings, 
whispers the
tranquil tune
bringing solace without

Hope realized is a hymn and
the faith it awakens never

First draft of Golden Shovel based on Emily Dickinson’s Hope is the Thing with Feathers.
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13 Responses to Golden Shovel

  1. Tim Gels says:

    Diane, I knew this was a golden shovel and I know how those work. That said, even without “reading the code,” in your work before reading the poem, I was still struck by the overwhelming sense of Emily Dickinson. Thanks for sharing this–I like it a lot!

  2. Ramona says:

    This one’s a keeper! Printing it off now for my notebook.So many words to love – “a shimmering thing, a tranquil tune, a hymn.”

  3. Your poem is so beautiful. I love the way in the 3rd stanza hope sounds so quiet.

  4. Fran Haley says:

    A gorgeous golden shovel – i love that line from Dickinson. It so perfectly captures hope – as do YOUR lines. These I absolutely adore:
    Hope realized is a hymn and
    the faith it awakens never

  5. Julie says:

    This was so beautiful. Love the nod to Dickinson and your own unique and lovely spin on hope!

  6. Nanc says:

    All the lines are so phenomenal, but this is my favorite: A shimmering thing that
    flutters in and perches delicately in the soul. XO

  7. Diane, this is beautiful! I can’t even name a favorite line or stanza because there is so much beauty in all of it. I have never tried a golden shovel, but you have certainly lifted the bar with this some, using the entire stanza! Wonderful!

  8. Loralee says:

    What a beautiful and faith-filling message!

  9. arjeha says:

    Hope – where would we be without it.

  10. Read a post with the Dickinson poem in it earlier today. I love seeing the bits of inspiration you pulled while adding on more description. You used many delicate words.

  11. I did not know the backstory when I commented earlier on this post. I am so sorry about your school’s loss. I have never lost a colleague, so I cannot even imagine what you all are going through. Sending hugs your way!

  12. jarhartz says:

    One of my favorite Emily poems and this golden shovel is lovely. So very sorry for you and your school. Your last stanza is one to hold on to.

  13. Ramona says:

    Diane, so sorry for the loss experienced by your school. Our colleagues are really family, so I’m sure this hits hard. Lifting you, your colleagues, and the family up in prayer. Your hopeful poem is much needed for this time. I hope you’ve shared it.

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