Emily’s Moon (words by Emily Dickinson)

Written 1992, words by Emily Dickinson (public domain)

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I watched the moon around the house,
until upon a pane she stopped,
a traveler’s privilege, for rest,
and thereupon I gazed as at a stranger…

but never stranger justified the curiosity like mine
for neither foot nor hand, nor formula had she…

but like a stemless flower upheld in rolling air
by finer gravitations than bind philosopher…
+++ no hunger had she, nor an inn,
+++ nor avocation, nor concern
+++ for little mysteries as harass us,
+++ like life and death…

the privilege to scrutinize was scarce upon my eyes
when, with a silver practice,
she vaulted out of gaze,
and next I met her on a cloud…
+++ myself too far below
+++ to follow her superior road
+++ or its advantage blue…

I watched the moon around the house,
until upon a pane she stopped,
a traveler’s privilege, for rest,
and thereupon I gazed as at a stranger…

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