microcosm

April 12, 1994|By Cathy Drinkwater Better

what did Emily Dickinson know

about life

pouring out rhymes

in a finite universe

that threatened to swallow

her poetry whole

what did Emily Dickinson know

about life

with her spinster's heart

and virgin manuscripts

a cool nucleus

surrounded by evanescent energies

she flung stars into the faces of planets

that knew only how to remain smug

as their orbits declined

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