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

Part One: Life

XLIII


I LIKE to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step
  
Around a pile of mountains,        5
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare
  
To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while        10
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill
  
And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop—docile and omnipotent—        15
At its own stable door.

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