i’m very sorry Emily, you have it perfectly wrong

I’m happiest and most alive

when into this vessel of bark I dive

on cloudless days when the earth is bright

and my eye can attend to the wonder of life


when I am all and one within —

this spruce, this loon, this sinuous stream–

apart no more, acutely akin

in intimate immersion


Today’s prompt was to choose one of a few select titles and write a poem that asserted the opposite of the poem title. I chose Emily Bronte’s ‘I’m happiest when most away’.  (see below)**

The title of my version, for those of you perhaps not as familiar with the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th street as one whose then 7 year old daughter was obsessed by it, alludes to a line in that movie.

**Emily Bronte’s , I’m happiest when most away

I’m happiest when most away

I can bear my soul from its home of clay

On a windy night when the moon is bright

And the eye can wander through worlds of light—


When I am not and none beside—

Nor earth nor sea nor cloudless sky—

But only spirit wandering wide

Through infinite immensity.






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