Happy birthday Emily!

Every time I see the famous daguerreotype of her, sitting and delicately holding what looks like flowers, I remember her beautiful poem “I cannot dance upon my Toes”.

Emily Dickinson, one of my favourite poets, was born on the 10th of December 1830. So today, on the eve of her birthday, I’d like to share the poem with you. If you’re longing to dance on pointe but haven’t done so yet, I’m sure you’ll relate to her words.

Emily Dickinson


I cannot dance upon my Toes by Emily Dickinson

I cannot dance upon my Toes —

No Man instructed me —

But oftentimes, among my mind,

A Glee possesseth me,

That had I Ballet knowledge —

Would put itself abroad

In Pirouette to blanch a Troupe —

Or lay a Prima, mad,

And though I had no Gown of Gauze —

No Ringlet, to my Hair,

Nor hopped to Audiences — like Birds,

One Claw upon the Air,

Nor tossed my shape in Eider Balls,

Nor rolled on wheels of snow

Till I was out of sight, in sound,

The House encore me so —

Nor any know I know the Art

I mention — easy — Here —

Nor any Placard boast me —

It’s full as Opera —

Emily Dickinson



Happy birthday Emily!

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