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The Turning of the Key




The turning of the key looked south

         and the room peered deeper into itself

         When the circumscribed room left itself

         it was outdoors where it was no longer a room

         Gentle breezes again looked south

         and the radiant depths of the garden penetrated the mind


Oh,dear Emily,that blue fly that interposed upon your death,

         was she very alive in your confined,secluded space?

         Ms.Dickinson,was that stillness what can never die,

         even when the windows,with all their keepsakes,





Eternal Blooms (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Eternal Blooms (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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    • Much appreciated, Mitza! 🙂 We are in Illinois and are far from hurricane territory. Sure is sad about all the people being affected. My brother-in-law just bought a high-class home in Florida that they plan on living in for retirement, but now it may be in the path of hurricane Irma. We have donated to the Red Cross to help the hurricane victims.


      • What a pity for your brother-in-law. I hope his home will not be destroyed. It’s a good idea to donate, everybody should do that. Regards Mitza

  1. A lovely nod to life here, Tom, the poetry and the photos. That second photo, in the round frame, looks like we’re peering into a summery “snow globe.”


  2. Wow, you’re doing that thing again! Switcheroo of subject, verb, object – don’t ask me, but great! And I wish I knew more about Emily…


    • There’s that relatively new, biographical movie about her, now out on DVD, entitled “A Quiet Passion.” She liked flowers and gardening a lot; hence the flower pics.

      from Emily Dickinson:

      I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –
      The Stillness in the Room
      Was like the Stillness in the Air
      Between the Heaves of Storm –

      The Eyes around – had wrung them dry –
      And Breaths were gathering firm
      For that last Onset – when the King
      Be witnessed – in the Room –

      I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away
      What portion of me be
      Assignable – and then it was
      There interposed a Fly –

      With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz –
      Between the light – and me
      And then the Windows failed – and then
      I could not see to see –


  3. Emily Dickinson’s poems have always fascinated me, such a mixture of sweetness and sadness… whenever I reread I keep discovering new hues in her imagery. 🙂
    Here’s one of my favorite short poems by her, feels quite cheerful to read every time:
    “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
    One clover, and a bee,
    And revery.
    The revery alone will do,
    If bees are few.”


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