Day 5 – NanoPoblano – “The Sweetest Tune In The Land” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by ‘ “Hope” is the thing with feathers’ by Emily Dickinson

Hey there good people of earth, welcome, welcome.

I’m now moving on up to Day 5 of NanoPoblano and nothing can stop me!

(Actually, the previous poem slowed me down quite a bit, due to the sheer volume of reading that I had to do to complete it but then it did allow me to write a fantastic poem that I am very proud of, so I’m not really complaining!)

For tonight’s entertainment, I have written a found poem inspired by the iconic and witty poet Emily Dickinson and her popular poem “Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson at

I have also posted the lyrics below for convenience.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers 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.


And now here is my found poem based on Emily’s little ditty – I do hope you enjoy it!


Photo by nuzree on Pixabay

“The Sweetest Tune In The Land” by David Ellis

Is the thing that the soul sings
The tune without words
Never stops, sweetest
The storm that kept so many warm
In the land and on the sea
Yet never it asked a crumb of me


Still want more? Then check out other Day 5 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!

5 NOVEMBER: DREAMS … – Starving Activist

buying gas –


Samurai Mate – Adagio Tea (3) – Dean Kealy Design

Ivy Hill: Chapter 2 – Echoshadow


Red – Behind the Willows

On the first night in a new city – NOTTHROWINGSTONES.TODAY

Steers and queers and this was all Scott’s idea. – Julie Burton Blog

storm – the matticus kingdom

#NanoPoblano2018 Day 5 – Vanessence

But Never – No Talent For Certainty

84th Draft Dredged Up From The Brink: An Old South Dog – The Temenos Journal

THE FLOOR IS – Rarasaur

The Heave – 33 Grams of Blog

Traffic – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry



Late Night Poetry #15: Invisibility – Cats and Chocolate

Rejection’s Silver Lining – loristory

On Tig Time – Mommy Quits

NanoPoblano Day 5 – Melting Candle – Failing at Haiku

3D Printing Decor – Just A Little Bit Sweet

A mountain getaway, more broken things and small abominations. – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT

“Some Books Are So Familiar That Reading Them Is Like Being Home Again” – I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning With A Craving


Beauty Starts In Your Head – Infinity Coaching

Long Nights and Snowy Days – Books, Hooks and Yarn


Share Your World – teleportingweena

In Seeking Signs… Part 2 – Aberrant Crochet (TM)




3 thoughts on “Day 5 – NanoPoblano – “The Sweetest Tune In The Land” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by ‘ “Hope” is the thing with feathers’ by Emily Dickinson

  1. I enjoyed your other poems they were quite nice but this was the best so far!
    I mean I can easily place these words within their old context but the new one is a totally different story. In short, good read.


    • TY very much, you have nailed down exactly what I was going for with this one 🙂 When I looked at the original and then my new version, I realised how the reference point had changed from hope to the soul. You were astute enough to figure that out that it tells a completely new story with the subtle changes I provided. I actually tried to do a similar exercise with another of Emily Dickinson’s poems (Success is counted sweetest) but I could not get the ending to work. However, she is definitely an artist who I will revisit with this technique in the future.

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