For Emily Dickinson the brain is wider than the sky and deeper than the sea—a finite infinity

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

The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
As Sponges—Buckets—do—

The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—

See Emily Dickinson’s Solitude is Vedic Nivartatwam and Emily Dickinson succinctly describes the eternal nature of Love in this short but powerful poem.

Read how Emily Dickinson wanted her poems to look on the page, described in Rebecca Mead’s Back of the Envelope in The New Yorker: Poesy Dept. | January 27, 2014 Issue. See Emily D.-envelope poems.

See my playful response to this: Poem: For—Emily D— From—Kenny C—.

Emily Dickinson compares the brain’s ability to contain the universe: it’s wider than the sky, deeper than the sea, and is just the weight of God. She uses various images to compare the finite with the infinite.

This reminds me when Maharishi used to say, we go within the finite and transcend (TM) to locate the infinite. Infinity is in the finite. That’s why it’s infinite!

The Vedas also remind us of our cosmic status: Aham Atma, Vedoham, Aham Vishwa, Aham Brahm: I am Atma, the Self, I am Veda, the Ah of Atma, the first syllable of the Veda, the constitution of the universe, the Veda flowing, and it’s expression, Vishwa, the Universe, and then Brahm, Totality. Ultimately we are that Totality.

So the first syllable, sound of the Veda, contains the whole universe, as a seed the tree. I may be stretching things here but I do think Emily Dickinson is a truly cosmic, Vedic poet.

See a seven-haiku poem I wrote about the creation of the universe from that Vedic perspective: Coalescing Poetry: Creating a Uni-verse.

See Sufi poet Yunus Emre says Wisdom comes from Knowing Oneself — a Singularity that contains the Whole, with detailed Vedic explanation. Another amazing poem: What Turkish Sufi poet Yunus Emre realized — everything was found within his cosmic body, with Vedic relationships.

Image of the iceberg brain by Caroline Jacobi for a campaign designed for the Brazilian crosswords magazine Coquetel in an ad to promote new products called Coquetel Intelligent Games.

Famous Poets and Poems lists 1779 of Emily Dickinson’s poems!

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4 Responses to “For Emily Dickinson the brain is wider than the sky and deeper than the sea—a finite infinity”

  1. Pablo Garrido Says:

    Beautiful poem!


  2. Ken Chawkin Says:

    This inspired me to write a playful poem in Emily’s style:

    For—Emily D—
    From—Kenny C—

    I am Part of what I See—
    An Unlimited Reality
    If the Whole is contained in Each Part—
    Then I End up—where I Start

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Poem: For—Emily D— From—Kenny C— | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] Dickinson’s amazing poem of the Brain being wider than the Sky inspired me to write a playful little poem in her style. I had posted it as a Comment, and now […]


  4. Emily Dickinson’s Solitude is Vedic Nivartatwam | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] For Emily Dickinson the brain is wider than the sky and deeper than the sea—a finite infinity. […]


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