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Will there really be a ‘Morning’?

Will there really be a “Morning”?
Is there such a thing as “Day”?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor!
Oh some Wise Man from the skies!
Please to tell a little Pilgrim
Where the place called “Morning” lies!

by Emily Dickinson. Public domain

So simple and yet so hard to fully interpret.

Looking online, I find a number of places where people ask questions of the poem. Of course, the poem itself is full of questions.

  • Is “morning” heaven? 
  • Is it another day of life as opposed to an eternal night (death)? 
  • Does morning coming from the East, from countries that we don’t even really know? Perhaps, those countries are the unknown of an afterlife – if there is an afterlife. 
  • How do we know what we know?
  • Is the “little Pilgrim” that this is a child questioning the world?
  • Are these religious references? Walking on water (“feet like Water lilies”), angels (feathers like a Bird”) and a “pilgrimage.” 

What is your interpretation of Emily’s poem and her “morning?” Post a comment .