Emily Dickinson

They Put Us Far Apart

poem 474

They put Us far apart As separate as Sea And Her unsown Peninsula We signified These see They took away our Eyes They thwarted Us with Guns I see Thee each responded straight Through Telegraphic Signs With Dungeons They devised But through their thickest skill And their opaquest Adamant Our Souls saw just as well They summoned Us to die With sweet alacrity We stood upon our stapled feet Condemned but just to see Permission to recant Permission to forget We turned our backs upon the Sun For perjury of that Not Either noticed Death Of Paradise aware Each other’s Face was all the Disc Each other’s setting saw

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