Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > II. Nature > 81. “I think the hemlock likes to stand”

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

Part Two: Nature


I THINK the hemlock likes to stand
Upon a marge of snow;
It suits his own austerity,
And satisfies an awe
That men must slake in wilderness,        5
Or in the desert cloy,—
An instinct for the hoar, the bald,
Lapland’s necessity.
The hemlock’s nature thrives on cold;
The gnash of northern winds        10
Is sweetest nutriment to him,
His best Norwegian wines.
To satin races he is nought;
But children on the Don
Beneath his tabernacles play,        15
And Dnieper wrestlers run.


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