"I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" is one of Emily Dickinson’s most popular poems because it addresses what literary critic and Yale professor, Harold Bloom calls “a universal feeling of being on the outside.” It begins…
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us—don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
Ever been on the outside?
Probably few people knew that feeling more keenly than the woman in this week’s gospel reading. Because she was. On the outside. To almost everyone.