Ample Make This Bed— by Emily Dickinson
FAR AND AWAY MY FAVORITE POEM by Emily Dickinson, I found out about Ample Make This Bed from the movie “Sophie’s Choice”.
In the movie the main character Stingo discovers his friends Sophie and Nathan dead in their bed from an apparent suicide. He recites the poem after having found the book of poetry by Emily Dickinson (1830–1886).
As tragic as the ending to Sophie’s Choice turned out, the poem itself eludes to a more positive, enlightened nature.
Ample Make This Bed
AMPLE make this bed.
Make this bed with awe;
In it wait till judgment break
Excellent and fair.
Be its mattress straight,
Be its pillow round;
Let no sunrise’ yellow noise
Interrupt this ground.
From the complete poems of Emily Dickinson. Part Four: Time and Eternity. LXIII.