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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

XXVI


THE BRAIN within its groove
Runs evenly and true;
But let a splinter swerve,
’T were easier for you
To put the water back        5
When floods have slit the hills,
And scooped a turnpike for themselves,
And blotted out the mills!

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