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

Part Two: Nature

LXV


LIKE trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
  
Withstands until the sweet assault        5
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
  
His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;        10
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
  
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee’s experience        15
Of clovers and of noon!

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