A Man May Make A Remark Poem by Emily Dickinson

A Man May Make A Remark

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A Man may make a Remark—
In itself—a quiet thing
That may furnish the Fuse unto a Spark
In dormant nature—lain—

Let us deport—with skill—
Let us discourse—with care—
Powder exists in Charcoal—
Before it exists in Fire.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
* Sunprincess * 29 April 2014

.......very observant and a wonderful write..

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Indira Renganathan 04 November 2016

this sounds like a riddle...I fail to make it out...but Emily, your poems are always magical- 10

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Kevin Patrick 22 September 2018

Language has a power to change and alter states of being, even a remark that sounds like a throw away quip, can have a power of lightning if taken the wrong way. Another fabulous observation from one of the greatest poets of the medium.

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John Agandin 31 October 2019

A very apt warning to those constantly beating the war drums!

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Kumarmani Mahakul 21 April 2020

Powder exists in Charcoal— Before it exists in Fire.... meaningful inscription. Beautifully composed by Emily Dickinson.

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Savita Tyagi 21 April 2020

Powder exists in Charcoal before it exists in fire. Words have power to ignite fire.....yes lets all be sensible.....

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Ruta Mohapatra 21 April 2020

So short yet so succinct! A poem of the day full of wisdom!

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paul amrod 21 April 2020

For her time in the middle of the 19th Century she was highly innovative.

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Mahtab Bangalee 21 April 2020

Let us deport—with skill— Let us discourse—with care— Powder exists in Charcoal— Before it exists in Fire////superb poem, really thought provoking

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Ratnakar Mandlik 21 April 2020

A great thought provoking poem, profound and nicely composed.

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