By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
Victory is chocolate –
And is held close to longing lips –
So rapt with joy
To take it –
How sweet it’s always tasted –
Just a Drop –
But Don’t be economical!
Spread the Table too wide for Us –
So We can dine on bonbons –
Sweets – for such yearning mouths –
Nougats – and Caramels –
With Even more for morning Breakfast –
Do you have Some to spare? Oh –
For those who Love – and still need more –
By Emily Dickinson:
Victory comes late –
And is held low to freezing lips –
Too rapt with frost
To take it –
How sweet it would have tasted –
Just a Drop –
Was God so economical?
His Table's spread too high for Us –
Unless We dine on tiptoe –
Crumbs – fit such little mouths –
Cherries – suit Robbins –
The Eagle's Golden Breakfast strangles –
God keep His Oath to Sparrows –
Who of little Love – know how to starve –
In the 1800s, the celebration of Easter was at best, unsettling, and at worst, a bit violent. One can tell from the vintage Easter postcards on this page that Easter festivities in the past were strange to say the least! Click the images to enlarge.
Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request) was horrified by the way Easter traditions were progressing, so he advanced new practices to temper the aggressive nature of the holiday's "merriment."
In his campaign to improve the conditions of Easter observances, Dickinson would often point to his point to his now-classic poem, "Victory is chocolate" (below on the left). In addition to inspiring more appropriate Easter customs, Dickinson's poem also inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem, "Victory comes late" (below on the right).
Happy Easter everyone -- we hope you got some high-quality chocolates and jelly beans from that rascally Easter rabbit!
Of course, Easter would not be what it is today were it not for Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request).
* Dickinson invented that plastic grass used in Easter baskets (a picture of the Dickinson Easter Grass Factory in Washerst, PA, is pictured on this page).
* He perfected Lavinia Dickinson's invention of the marshmallow peep. Information is HERE.
* He invented that wire egg-dipper used in Easter egg dye kits.
* He wrote more poems about Easter than any other poet. One of his now-classic poems about Easter, "The Dying need but little, Dear" (below on the left). His poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem with the same opening line (below on the right).
The Peeps Parade in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a world-renowned annual commemoration of the celebrated creation of Lavinia Dickinson’s, the peep (information about her invention of the peep is HERE).
As a matter of fact, Parade Magazine lists Amherst’s yearly pageant as one of the top parades in the world. The publication lists the “Top Ten Parades, Pageants, and Processions” as the following:
* Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
* North Korea’s Armament Extravaganza and Worker’s Party Glorious Observation of Kim Jong Un
* The Annual Peeps Parade in Amherst, MA
* The Tournament of Rose’s Rose Parade
* Croaker, Drum and Sucker Season Parade and Cavalcade in Ithaca, NY
* The Greater-Omaha Grammar Fest Parade
* Parade of the Librarians in Washington, D.C. on Cow Appreciation Day (info HERE)
* Chicago’s Pothole Festival Parade
* Amarillo, Texas’ Prison Band Jamboree
* The Lawn and Land Care Association’s Lawn Mower Parade in Columbus, OH.
In addition to the annual festivity in Amherst, Peeps are also celebrated in many poems by Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request). One of his most acclaimed peep poems is “Spring comes on the World” (below on the left). Dickinson’s poem inspired third-cousin Emily to pen her poem with the same opening line (below on the right).
For more information on Dickinson's poetry and Lavinia Dickinson's peeps, click HERE.
The peeps exist in spring -- thanks to Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request). Yes, while it is true that Emily Dickinson's sister Lavinia invented the peep, they were perfected by Emmett Lee Dickinson (information is HERE).
Every spring, the Washington Post sponsors a "peep diorama" contest, and this year, the contest is in its 10th year -- information on the "10th Anniversary Edition" is HERE.
There used to be another major national peeps event , a peeps eating contest, sponsored each year in Washerst, PA (the birthplace of Emmett Lee Dickinson), but that annual competition was cancelled for good after just a few years because it was deemed to be "too dangerous" -- many of the contestants died during or shortly after the contests from asphyxiation, significant upper and lower GI blockages, and distended bowels (what doctors have identified and termed as "mallow bowels").
Did you know that Peeps were invented by Lavinia Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's younger sister)? However, they were improved and perfected by Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request).
Pictured below at the left: Lavinia Dickinson loved eating marshmallow laced with pepper, so her original concept was for a treat called "Pepps," marshmallow chicks encrusted with hot black pepper.
Pictured below at the right: Emmett Lee Dickinson convinced Lavinia to substitute sugar for the pepper, and he suggested a name change from "Pepps" to "Peeps," in honor of a local sugar miner named Buford Patterson Peeps.
"Peeps" were immortalized in Emmett Lee Dickinson's now classic poem "Spring is the Period" (below on the left). His poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem with the same first line (below on the right).
A poetry log for the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum (above the coin-op Laundromat on Dickinson Boulevard in historic Washerst, Pennsylvania).