This tattoo belongs to E.

This poem was one of the first poems I ever read. The imagery and the power of the poem has stuck with me, more then a decade later. I find daily inspiration with this poem. There are several things that give me hope. Two are expressed in the initials snuck into the branch—JCG which are the initials of both my brother and my grandfather. Without them, I would be adrift in the storm that is life. I love owls, and always have, but I must say that my love of them has increased since my significant other has started to call me his owl. All in all, it makes for a tattoo that I adore.

Literary Tattoos: Hope is the Thing With Feathers Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops-at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

— Hope is the Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson


  1. says

    This is beautiful. I love owls and I love Emily. Actually, the book I am currently writing references this poem a few times. I wonder if I can add an owl to my imagery.

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