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Three by Dickinson II

Poems by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson.


Summer begins to have the look
Peruser of enchanting Book
Reluctantly but sure perceives
A gain upon the backward leaves

Autumn begins to be inferred
By millinery of the cloud
Or deeper color in the shawl
That wraps the everlasting hill.

The eye begins its avarice
A meditation chastens speech
Some Dyer of a distant tree
Resumes his gaudy industry.

Conclusion is the course of All
At most to be perennial
And then elude stability
Recalls to immortality.



The name of it is "Autumn"
The hue of it is Blood
An Artery upon the Hill
A Vein along the Road

Great Globules in the Alleys
And Oh, the Shower of Stain
When Winds upset the Basin
And spill the Scarlet Rain

It sprinkles Bonnets far below
It gathers ruddy Pools
Then eddies like a Rose away
Upon Vermilion Wheels



It was not Death, for I stood up,
And all the Dead, lie down
It was not Night, for all the Bells
Put out their Tongues, for Noon.

It was not Frost, for on my Flesh
I felt Siroccos crawl
Nor Fire for just my Marble feet
Could keep a Chancel, cool

And yet, it tasted, like them all,
The Figures I have seen
Set orderly, for Burial,
Reminded me, of mine

As if my life were shaven,
And fitted to a frame,
And could not breathe without a key,
And 'twas like Midnight, some

When everything that ticked has stopped
And Space stares all around
Or Grisly frosts first Autumn morns,
Repeal the Beating Ground

But, most, like Chaos Stopless cool
Without a Change, or Spar
Or even a Report of Land
To justify Despair.


The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960), ed. Thomas H. Johnson, pp. 687, 326f, 248f.

See also Three by Dickinson: Poems by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson.

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