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Cocoon above! Cocoon below!

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



Cocoon above! Cocoon below!
Stealthy Cocoon, why hide you so
What all the world suspect?
An hour, and gay on every tree
Your secret, perched in ecstasy
Defies imprisonment!

An hour in Chrysalis to pass,
Then gay above receding grass
A Butterfly to go!
A moment to interrogate,
Then wiser than a "Surrogate,"
The Universe to know!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme AAXBBX CCAXXA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 326
Words 60
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

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