I’ve been taking a picture of the sky every day this year. You can see my daily sky pics on Instagram: @daily_sky_pic. I’ve also posted a few pics here on the ELD Musuem plog (poetry blog) along with some poems about the sky by Emily Dickinson. Previous posts are HERE and HERE.
As I was planning this post to highlight recent pictures of the sky and an additional poem, I discovered that the poem I selected, “It troubled me as once I was,” is featured in the current edition of The Emily Dickinson Journal (volume XXVII, Number 1, 2018). In his article “Q.E.D.: What Emily Dickinson Did With Her Mathematics Books,” Thomas L. Moore discussed the very same poem. Yes, the poem is about the sky, but it also includes references to mathematics.
If as a child you ever wondered how gravity could pull everything down except the sky, I think you will enjoy the poem – and we’ll have plenty of time later to solve the larger problems. For now, just enjoy Dickinson’s poem, and then go outside and look at the sky.
By Emily Dickinson:
It troubled me as once I was –
For I was once a Child –
Concluding how an atom – fell –
And yet the Heavens – held –
The Heavens weighed the most – by far –
Yet Blue – and solid – stood –
Without a Bolt – that I could prove –
Would Giants – understand?
Life set me larger – problems –
Some I shall keep – to solve
Till Algebra is easier –
Or simpler proved – above –
Then – too – be comprehended –
What sorer – puzzled me –
Why Heaven did not break away –
And tumble – Blue – on me –
Below: Recent skies in the month of May: