The dandelion's pallid tube Astonishes the grass, And winter instantly becomes An infinite alas.
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Source: poem no. 1519.
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The distance that the dead have gone Does not at first appear - Their coming back seems possible For many an ardent year.
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 1742, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality.
Source: "The Chariot", poem no. 712.
A Deed knocks first at Thought And then - it knocks at Will - That is the manufacturing spot.
Source: c. 1872, poem no. 1212, in toto.
I took one Draught of Life - I'll tell you what I paid - Precisely an existence - The market price, they said.
Source: c. 1864; Further Poems of Emily Dickinson, 1929.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
His Labor is a Chant - His Idleness -a Tune - Oh, for a Bee's experience Of Clovers, and of Noon!
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 916, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
The abdication of Belief Makes the Behavior small - Better an ignis fatuus Than no illume at all.
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 1551, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
Source: Letter, I885; in Letters of Emily Dickinson, ed. Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry.
Source: Letter, 1885; in Letters of Emily Dickinson, ed. Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894.
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