Emily Dickinson

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

"Heaven"—Is What I Cannot Reach!

Poem by Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"He aven" is—to Me!

The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
The interdicted Land—
Behind the Hill—the House behind—
There—Paradise—is found!

Her teasing Purples—Afternoons—
The credulous—decoy—
Enamored—of the Conjuror—
That spurned us—Yesterday!


Comments about "Heaven"—Is What I Cannot Reach! by Emily Dickinson

  • Bjpafa MeragenteBjpafa Meragente (5/24/2020 6:30:00 PM)

    The decoy and the conjuror, puppet and puppeteer, victim and infliction, author, iniquity, so many places, roles well premeditated, raw and pure impromptu... Heaven, why every word should have an antonym? Teasing, credulous, aren't we all. Heavenly and not so much.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Ankwasa Harlord (3/24/2020 8:48:00 AM)

    Wow I like it(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/11/2019 4:13:00 AM)

    The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
    The interdicted Land—
    Behind the Hill—the House behind—
    There—Paradise—is found!


    great poem
    great write
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/16/2019 12:12:00 AM)

    Thank you Emily. A amazing poem.(Report)Reply

    2 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/27/2019 3:52:00 PM)

    A amazing poem by the talented writer.(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/11/2019 5:27:00 AM)

    heaven
    unknown
    magical world
    before the death!(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (5/27/2018 9:41:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with compelling imagery.(Report)Reply

    4 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Sona WilaeSona Wilae (2/9/2018 11:00:00 PM)

    The last stanza provides imagery that is so precise and leads me to think of the third heaven. Her writings are always atypical.(Report)Reply

    6 person liked.
    7 person did not like.
  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (1/28/2018 6:04:00 PM)

    Love her style and use of imagery.(Report)Reply

    6 person liked.
    7 person did not like.
  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (12/5/2017 10:12:00 AM)

    Fabulous use of metaphors..a beautiful poem!(Report)Reply

    6 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Kshirod Kumar DehuryKshirod Kumar Dehury (12/4/2017 3:02:00 AM)

    I love this poem, and i love the line, thanks(Report)Reply

    5 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Dorina NeculceDorina Neculce (12/21/2016 11:25:00 AM)

    poet Emily Dickinson
    #4 on top 500 poets

    Poet's Page
    Poems
    Quotes
    Comments
    Stats
    E-Books
    Biography
    Videos

    Share on Facebook
    Share on Twitter

    Poems by Emily Dickinson: 3 / 1232

    « prev. poem
    next poem »

    Heaven—Is What I Cannot Reach! - Poem by Emily Dickinson
    Autoplay next video

    239

    Heaven—is what I cannot reach!
    The Apple on the Tree—
    Provided it do hopeless—hang—
    That—He aven is—to Me!(Report)Reply

    9 person liked.
    10 person did not like.
  • Aremo Abiodun BestAremo Abiodun Best (9/8/2016 2:49:00 AM)

    you can if you try hard enough(Report)Reply

    13 person liked.
    13 person did not like.
  • Rajesh ThankappanRajesh Thankappan (2/9/2016 10:11:00 AM)

    As children when our mind navigates effortlessly into the realms of imagination we find heaven in things unreachable. Fantastic!(Report)Reply

    23 person liked.
    12 person did not like.
  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (10/26/2015 6:12:00 PM)

    The Paradises on earth of which she speaks can be pretty heavenly in an earthly sense but unfortunately they are temporary and prone to tragedy because they are not eternal. Lovely but short-lived. I think perhaps the successful spiritual person can thoroughly enjoy the paradises that can be found on earth while keeping the soul fixed on the lodestone that is Heavenly Paradise.(Report)Reply

    58 person liked.
    13 person did not like.
  • Victoria Christina Royaldo (9/16/2015 5:54:00 PM)

    what a wonderful verse by a gifted lady.(Report)Reply

    22 person liked.
    14 person did not like.
  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (9/1/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    I do not feel, as some one else does, that the Poetess was that ruthless to trample down a faith. What I see in the poem is a reality in life; ie. what you have in your own palm is the heaven, or even the hell, as it may. What is not possible to reach at, in terms of reality, you are not too sure about it. I admire her way of writing. Excellent metaphors she used.(Report)Reply

    31 person liked.
    24 person did not like.
  • Abekah EmmanuelAbekah Emmanuel (8/23/2014 6:57:00 PM)

    Though the message isnt clear to me....I still like the style and diction....beautiful!(Report)Reply

    25 person liked.
    20 person did not like.
  • Kody Dibble (5/5/2014 12:37:00 PM)

    This is beautiful...(Report)Reply

    26 person liked.
    19 person did not like.
  • Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 8:53:00 AM)

    I love the line The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
    I love alliteration! !(Report)Reply

    30 person liked.
    18 person did not like.
Read all 49 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: heaven, house, tree



Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



[Report Error]