Emily Dickinson

Sweet Safe Houses

poem 457

Sweet safe Houses Glad gay Houses Sealed so stately tight Lids of Steel on Lids of Marble Locking Bare feet out Brooks of Plush in Banks of Satin Not so softly fall As the laughter and the whisper From their People Pearl No Bald Death affront their Parlors No Bold Sickness come To deface their Stately Treasures Anguish and the Tomb Hum by in Muffled Coaches Lest they wonder Why Any for the Press of Smiling Interrupt to die

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