Brat Farrar (bratfarrar) wrote,
Brat Farrar
bratfarrar

Poem: To die - takes only just a little while -

- Emily Dickinson


To die - takes only just a little while -
They say it doesn't hurt -
It's only fainter - by degrees -
And then - it's out of sight -

A darker Ribbon - for a Day
A Crape upon the Hat -
And then the pretty sushines comes -
And helps us to forget -

The absent - mystic - creature -
That but for love of use -
Had gone to sleep - that soundest time -
Without the weariness -



Here's a question for you--do the dashes make the poem flow better for you, or do they derail the whole thing (as they do for a friend of my who can't stand Dickinson purely because of her punctuation habits)? Or perhaps you don't really notice them at all.
Tags: poetry
Subscribe

Posts from This Journal “poetry” Tag

  • poem: Bereft

    - Robert Frost Where had I heard this wind before Change like this to a deeper roar? What would it take my standing there for, Holding open a…

  • poem: Song of the Mad Prince

    - Walter de la Mare Who said, "Peacock Pie"? The old King to the sparrow: Who said, "Crops are ripe"? Rust to the harrow: Who…

  • Poem: September

    - Hilaire Belloc I, from a window where the Meuse is wide, Looked eastward out to the September night; The men that in the hopeless battle died…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments