“Hope” is the thing with feathers




Our artist volunteers create street signs every quarter that are displayed outside HPIC along busy SW Holden St as a greeting and inspiration for pedestrians and for the drivers so often stuck in traffic along this route.

Thanks to Emily Dickinson, poet, and artist collaborators, from left, Judith Camann, Kelly Lyles, Kay Kirkpatrick and Monica Cavagnaro for bringing a spot of hope and a chance to reflect to travellers on Holden.

Here’s the complete poem:

“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.