A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown–
Who ponders this tremendous scene–
This whole Experiment in Green–
As if it were his own!
We had our moment of madness at Sunday’s Rose Viewing, and I am not fool – or clown – enough to believe the roses are all my own.
With the help of my friend and Dickinson scholar, Martha Ackmann, I chose this poem for July’s Muse Day. I like the idea of the madness that lives in the spring, and summer, garden. Martha had been telling me about the great Fence and Hedge Restoration at the Emily Dickinson Homestead and I was also thinking of ways to entertain and educate the grandsons when they come to visit so I am happy to tell you that there are wonderful things for the young and not quite so young going on this summer. I’ll be telling you more about the Restoration soon.
I am going to take Tynan to the Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A nineteenth-century children’s circus on Saturday, July 11(rain date July 12) from 1 to 4 pm. Tim Van Egmond, folksinger and storyteller will give two performances and there will be a circus parade – join in kids! – at 2:30. Lots of activities including hat, flag and music making, ring toss, and strawberry shortcake. All this is FREE and open to the public.
We have a Dickinson family here in Heath. Although related, they are quick to point out that they are not THAT particular branch of Dickinsons. Still I like thinking that here on our hill we have a tenuous connection with one of the great literary figures of our country. Enough of her world still exists to help my imagination picture what Emily’s life might have been like.
The Emily Dickinson Museum, comprised of Emily Dickinson’s home and The Evergreens, Dickinson’s brother Austin’s house next door, is located in the middle of Amherst, only about 35 miles from our house in Heath. It is open 10-5 Wednesday through Sunday, until the end of August. All tours are guided and include both buildings. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children between 6&17.
Once again I thank Carolyn gail for hosting Muse Day, and giving us all a chance to share favorite poems and other works of art.