Happy Groundhog Day!
Were it not for Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request) we would not have Groundhog Day, and we’ve written about it many times:
We wrote about the celebration’s history HERE.
An account of the first Groundhog Day event is HERE.
Information about the movie “Groundhog Day,” inspired by a poem by Dickinson, is HERE.
Once again, Groundhog Day is here, and Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his burrow to cast a shadow (or not). After the ceremony, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle will deliver the data to the world-renowned Emmett Lee Dickinson Center for the Study of Groundhog Prognostication to determine if winter will last another six weeks – or if spring will arrive in a month and a half.
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
Presentiment is that beast’s shadow on the lawn
Indicative that cold goes on;
The notice we all comprehend
That winter’s not about to end.
By Emily Dickinson:
Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn
Indicative that suns go down;
The notice to the startled grass
That darkness is about to pass.