Emily Dickinson

One Life Of So Much Consequence!

poem 270

One Life of so much Consequence! Yet I for it would pay My Soul’s entire income In ceaseless salary One Pearl to me so signal That I would instant dive Although I knew to take it Would cost me just a life! The Sea is full I know it! That does not blur my Gem! It burns distinct from all the row Intact in Diadem! The life is thick I know it! Yet not so dense a crowd But Monarchs are perceptible Far down the dustiest Road!

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