Emily Dickinson

In Ebon Box, When Years Have Flown

poem 169

In Ebon Box, when years have flown To reverently peer, Wiping away the velvet dust Summers have sprinkled there! To hold a letter to the light Grown Tawny now, with time To con the faded syllables That quickened us like Wine! Perhaps a Flower’s shrivelled check Among its stores to find Plucked far away, some morning By gallant mouldering hand! A curl, perhaps, from foreheads Our Constancy forgot Perhaps, an Antique trinket In vanished fashions set! And then to lay them quiet back And go about its care As if the little Ebon Box Were none of our affair!

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