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[Because I could not stop for Martin]
Emily Dickinson
1863

Because I could not stop for Martin -
He kindly stopped for me -
The Carriage held but just Ourselves -
And Immorality.

We slowly drove - He knew no haste
And I had put away -
My labor and my leisure too -
For His Civility.

We passed the School, where Children played
At Recess - on the Swing -
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain -
We passed the setting Sun -

Or rather - He passed Us -
The Dews drew quivering and chill -
For only Gossamer, my Gown -
My skivvies - only Tulle -

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground -
The Roof was scarcely visible -
The Cornice - in the Ground -

Since then - 'tis Centuries - and yet
Feels shorter than the Day -
I first surmised the Horses' Heads -
Were toward Eternity.

 

 

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