Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > IV. Time & Eternity > 48. “I have not told my garden yet”

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

Part Four: Time and Eternity


I HAVE not told my garden yet,
Lest that should conquer me;
I have not quite the strength now
To break it to the bee.
I will not name it in the street,        5
For shops would stare, that I,
So shy, so very ignorant,
Should have the face to die.
The hillsides must not know it,
Where I have rambled so,        10
Nor tell the loving forests
The day that I shall go,
Nor lisp it at the table,
Nor heedless by the way
Hint that within the riddle        15
One will walk to-day!


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