36 If I should die

 

If I should die –
And you should live –
And time sh’d gurgle on –
And morn sh’d beam –
And noon should burn –
As it has usual done –
If Birds should build as early
And Bees as bustling go –
One might depart at option
From enterprise below!
‘Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand
When we with Daisies lie –
That Commerce will continue –
And Trades as briskly fly –
It makes the parting tranquil
And keeps the soul serene –
That gentlemen so sprightly
Conduct the pleasing scene!

[Emily Dickinson]

Written autumn 1858, Fascicle 3. I just love her whimsically realistic relationship with Death, showcased sweetly here. Also, her capitalization is worth noting. Throughout her work, you’ll find patterns. Used to show respect, to personify, to emphasize – attribute whatever reasoning you please. Play.

Namaste –

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18 Morns like these we parted

Written summer 1858. Something I love about her poetry is the potential for meaning – this isn’t unique to ED, of course. Here she speaks of a bird, but it could be a friend, a lover – anyone. I might read this differently now than I would have a year ago, and no two people will have identical readings. I love that. Enjoy –

Morns like these – we parted
Noons like these – she rose!
Fluttering first – then firmer
To her fair repose –
Never did she lisp it
And ’twas not for me
She was mute for transport
I, for agony!
Till the evening nearing
One the shutters drew –
Quick! a sharper rustling!
And this linnet flew!

[Emily Dickinson]

Rest well –

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