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

Part Two: Nature

XX


ARCTURUS is his other name,—
I ’d rather call him star!
It ’s so unkind of science
To go and interfere!
  
I pull a flower from the woods,—        5
A monster with a glass
Computes the stamens in a breath,
And has her in a class.
  
Whereas I took the butterfly
Aforetime in my hat,        10
He sits erect in cabinets,
The clover-bells forgot.
  
What once was heaven, is zenith now.
Where I proposed to go
When time’s brief masquerade was done,        15
Is mapped, and charted too!
  
What if the poles should frisk about
And stand upon their heads!
I hope I ’m ready for the worst,
Whatever prank betides!        20
  
Perhaps the kingdom of Heaven’s changed!
I hope the children there
Won’t be new-fashioned when I come,
And laugh at me, and stare!
  
I hope the father in the skies        25
Will lift his little girl,—
Old-fashioned, naughty, everything,—
Over the stile of pearl!

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