Hope is a Subtle Glutton

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Hope is a Subtle Glutton – 13 April 2009

Here is another poem about “hope” by Emily Dickinson: “Hope is a Subtle Glutton.” (Her other poem about “hope” starts out with the words: “Hope is the Thing with Feathers.”)

Hope is a Subtle Glutton
Emily Dickinson
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)

Hope is a subtle glutton;
He feeds upon the fair;
And yet, inspected closely,
What abstinence is there!

His is the halcyon table
That never seats but one,
And whatsoever is consumed
The same amounts remain.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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