Hope is the thing with feathers

Posted: December 28, 2011 by Mo Crow in magic
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I made this thing with feathers for my friend Carol of Dragon Glass in far north Queensland
A thing with feathers for Carol
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all

(from a poem by Emily Dickinson)

Comments
  1. margaret johnson says:

    Well Hi MO, just had to say, how beautiful the feather necklace is. Really love the way you have stitched and beaded around those circular spiralled thingys.(beads?) Your friend will be honoured and thrilled I’m sure. Beautiful. Marg. ox

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Marg, Thanks for the good words! They are antique cat’s eye shells from New Guinea which have been used as protective amulets around the world for centuries, the bezels are made of stitched and beaded very thin sheep leather, the long feather is emu, the yellow one is from a sulphur crested cockatoo, the smaller feathers are rainbow lorikeet.

  2. margaret johnson says:

    YES, I can see they are shells now, ofcourse!! Oh boy are they special, everything fits together beautifully. ( Did recognise all the feathers.) Looks like you had a lovely time making this. Forgot to mention the gorgeous poem. Is that just a section of something bigger? ox

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi again Marg, here’s the whole poem by 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.

      Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord recommends handwriting out a poem to linger with the words once a week on her blog yesterday, such a fine idea & I love the poem she has written out there Angels by Csezlaw Milosz!

  3. margaret johnson says:

    Thankyou for the poem and the link Mo, you are a gem. Emily Dickinson has a way with words doesn’t she. Beautiful. Are you and Rod enjoying your break? Seeya Marg. ox

  4. jude says:

    this is the first quote i ever wrote down in a journal.

    and my first illustration in college was done against this:

    The Brain — is wider than the Sky —
    For — put them side by side —
    The one the other will contain
    With ease — and You — beside —

  5. Suzanne Duce says:

    Mo, I am gobsmacked yet again by your ability to create, from the simplest of things, such a powerfully healing talisman. It does indeed sing the tune without the words; it is a heartfelt prayer shaped into form.
    Love
    Suzanne

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