Emily Dickinson

Monday, March 3, 2008 - 10:36 PM

Sunday's strip took a few liberties with Emily Dickinson's famous "hash-mark" punctuation. I felt bad about that, and started to think of how I would apologize to her, were she alive today. Referencing the wonderful caricature of her I've created in my mind, here's how I think it would go down:

Me: (Knocking at her front door with "I'm sorry" brownies in hand) Miss Dickinson? Hello? My name's Dave. I wanted to apologize for —

Her: G'WAY! GET OFF MY LAWN!

Me: But I —

Her: G'WON! SCOOT!

Me: But —

Her: DON'T MAKE ME COME OUTSIDE! 'CAUSE I'LL DO IT! EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS!

Me: (Walking away from her front door) Um, OK.

Her: (Immediately composing her next poem) "Death's dear-dark hand was at my door....etc, etc"

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Also! A fun fact I wasn't aware of: Thirty or so Sheldonistas dropped me a note to let me know that every Emily Dickinson poem can be sung to "Yellow Rose of Texas". Rad! I think we can all feel pretty sure that was her authorial intent! Try it with Sunday's strip!

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