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

Part Four: Time and Eternity


BEREAVED of all, I went abroad,
  No less bereaved to be
Upon a new peninsula,—
  The grave preceded me,
Obtained my lodgings ere myself,        5
  And when I sought my bed,
The grave it was, reposed upon
  The pillow for my head.
I waked, to find it first awake,
  I rose,—it followed me;        10
I tried to drop it in the crowd,
  To lose it in the sea,
In cups of artificial drowse
  To sleep its shape away,—
The grave was finished, but the spade        15
  Remained in memory.


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