“I hide myself within my flower,
That wearing on your breast,
You, unsuspecting, wear me too—
And angels know the rest.”

I hide myself within my flower,
That, fading from your vase,
You, unsuspecting, feel for me
Almost a loneliness.”

Celebrate spring with the Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk, an annual tradition honoring the anniversary of the poet’s death on May 15, 1886. Excerpts from Dickinson’s works and personal letters are read at various landmarks around Amherst, Massachusetts, beginning at the Dickinson family homestead and ending at her grave site. This year fans anywhere in the world can participate in the Poetry Walk via Zoom at noon on Friday, May 15. The event is free and open to all, with registration required on the Emily Dickinson Museum website by noon on May 14.

During her 55 years, Emily Dickinson, who lived the majority of her life in Amherst, penned some 1,800 poems, only a few of which she chose to publish. Much of her verse was penned in secret, recorded in small, handmade booklets discovered after her death. Dickinson’s verse ranges in subject matter from nature and spirituality to art and medicine, and at least a third of her poems feature floral references.

For literary travelers thinking about post-pandemic destinations, the Emily Dickinson Museum encompasses two of the family’s homes, shown by guided tour, along with gorgeous grounds where the green-thumbed poet once gardened in her signature white dress (a replica of which is on display in her bedroom). Visitors can take a scenic stroll with an accompanying audio tour that integrates Dickinson’s poetry with the landscape that inspired her.