Ample Make This Bed— by Emily Dickinson

Ample Make This Bed— by Emily Dickinson

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.
Emily Dickinson

From the complete poems of Emily Dickinson. Part Four: Time and Eternity. LXIII.




Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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