Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Who Were 'The Father And The Son' - Poem by Emily Dickinson

Who were 'the Father and the Son'
We pondered when a child,
And what had they to do with us
And when portentous told

With inference appalling
By Childhood fortified
We thought, at least they are no worse
Than they have been described.

Who are 'the Father and the Son'
Did we demand Today
'The Father and the Son' himself
Would doubtless specify -

But had they the felicity
When we desired to know.
We better Friends had been, perhaps,
Than time ensue to be -

We start - to learn that we believe
But once - entirely -
Belief, it does not fit so well
When altered frequently -

We blush, that Heaven if we achieve -
Event ineffable -
We shall have shunned until ashamed
To own the Miracle -

Topic(s) of this poem: father


Comments about Who Were 'The Father And The Son' by Emily Dickinson

  • (6/21/2016 7:33:00 PM)


    There's definitely a feel that this is explicitly referring to God and Christ as the mentioned father and son, this feels as if it is about the nature of faith and how we evolve from believing from a child into adulthood, the nature and reflection of how we see the father and son alters over in time from one that wholeheartedly believes into one that becomes skeptical and desirable of a miracle. Much like a son who worships his father as a child grows into a man and sees him in a different life. At least that's how I interpret it. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/21/2016 6:36:00 PM)


    ...........so easy to envision her as a child asking who were the father and the son ★ (Report) Reply

  • (6/21/2016 9:11:00 AM)


    A beautifully envisioned meaningful poem penned by the great poetess. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/21/2016 3:15:00 AM)


    To own the Miracle! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015



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