Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > II. Nature > 51. “No brigadier throughout the year”

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

Part Two: Nature


NO brigadier throughout the year
So civic as the Jay.
A neighbor and a warrior too,
With shrill felicity
Pursuing winds that censure us        5
A February day,
The brother of the universe
Was never blown away.
The snow and he are intimate;
I ’ve often seen them play        10
When heaven looked upon us all
With such severity,
I felt apology were due
To an insulted sky,
Whose pompous frown was nutriment        15
To their temerity.
The pillow of this daring head
Is pungent evergreens;
His larder—terse and militant—
Unknown, refreshing things;        20
His character a tonic,
His future a dispute;
Unfair an immortality
That leaves this neighbor out.


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