Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain

Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain. 
-Emily Dickinson

 While Dickinson's poems usually seem dark and speaks of death, this poem is really positive and motivating.   This poem is all about stopping something bad, to live a good life. She starts with speaking about a broken heart. If she can stop it then her life will have meaning. If she can ease someone's ache, relieve their pain, or even help a small bird, then her life will have meaning. This can apply to today's society. Too many people often have that moment in their life when they feel like there life is meaningless. Dickinson basically says help someone else, and you will feel better about yourself. It can be something big or it can be something small. People often set life goals such as being rich, or famous, or having a lot of something. Dickinson shows that life isn't about  materialistic things, but instead life is about helping others.  Help others because one day you are going to need someone to help you. With so much going one into today's society, people don't seem to think about others. We don't think about that homeless person who needs just a little bit of money for food, or even that person who may be struggling just to open a door. A simple jester could not only brighten their day, but it can also brighten yours.

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