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“It’s all I have to bring today…” (26) by Emily Dickinson

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Feeling a bit lazy on a Monday afternoon. Yesterday I went out with two lovely friends and had the most wonderful time. We watched a play, Shakespeare in Hollywood, and I enjoyed it immensely. I haven’t seen any plays in awhile, and I’m glad I went to this one. What else was yesterday about? In no particular order: white Toblerone with wasabi cake, plagiarism, living in a commune, coffee, book hunting, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, suicide, digital cameras, guys with facial hair, ladies who lunch, tropical fruit shakes, Palawan, R., freelancing, pest control, Irish christening gowns, leaving an extra tip for a cute waiter, walking around Makati, bass players, construction workers, pizza topped with arugula and truffle oil, A., Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt, helping a reporter out, and more.

Sometimes I can’t believe these two picked me as their friend. I feel so lucky.

“It’s all I have to bring today…” (26)
Emily Dickinson

It’s all I have to bring today —
This, and my heart beside —
This, and my heart, and all the fields —
And all the meadows wide —
Be sure you count — should I forget
Some one the sum could tell —
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

This is from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson, published by Little, Brown & Company, 1960.

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