14 As if I asked a common alms

Written 1858, but transcribed into a few letters throughout the years. In one letter she prefaces it with the line, “I have no Saxon, now,” as if to say that words fail her but only poetry – another language, another form of expression entirely – can convey her ineffable feeling. A lovely way to express deep, overwhelming gratitude –


As if I asked a common Alms,
And in my wondering hand
A Stranger pressed a Kingdom,
And I, bewildered, stand –
As if I asked the Orient
Had it for me a Morn –
And it should lift it’s purple Dikes,
And shatter Me with Dawn!

[Emily Dickinson]

Love –