IF I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Probably one of the more famous poems of Emily Dickinson, these immortal verses are from her collection of poems called "Life."
I first heard the magic of Emily from the same brilliant professor, W.D. But strangely, I wasn't around the first time she taught a poem from the Dickinson collection. That poem was about a little tippler leaning against the sun - it was beautifully cute imagery - and for some obscure reason that has chosen to fade from my memory, I had decided to skip that class. Ah, how I wish now that I hadn't! The next class I was back and this reclusive woman's haunting verse came to life.
If everyone would choose to live their life by the standards in this poem - our world would be much a better place. As for me, I believe that I have not lived in vain so far - I read her magic.