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.”