Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

Small Treasures


Small treasures enchant us. They can tickle the fancy; delight the eyes; inspire awe, even. Most admirably, they can be tucked away. My sister’s Christmas gifts reminded me.

My gift to you this week is an assortment of small wonders – one each day – from the “Poem in Your Pocket” collection, introduced by former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan…

You Cannot Put a Fire Out

by Emily Dickinson

You cannot put a Fire out –
A Thing that can ignite
Can go, itself, without a Fan –
Upon the slowest night.

You cannot fold a Flood –
And put it in a Drawer –
Because the Winds would find it out –
And tell your Cedar Floor –

*      *      *

What’s your Fire? What’s your Flood?

*      *      *

Here are some of the gifts from my sister (for the #ChristmasWin)


Laughing so hard!

My sister and her three children

And her fiancé. Love grows.


  1. Very much enjoyed this post! Love the family pictures.

  2. So much happiness .

  3. Lovely post!

  4. The bacon mask – So perfect 🙂 Makes me wish I had a sister!

  5. The gifts are spot on! Loved seeing your sister and her family!

  6. Love Emily Dickinson~
    Enjoy meeting your sister and her family in pictures~So much warmth and love ~

Leave a Reply