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Grief is a Mouse

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



Grief is a Mouse—
And chooses Wainscot in the Breast
For His Shy House—
And baffles quest—

Grief is a Thief—quick startled—
Pricks His Ear—report to hear
Of that Vast Dark—
That swept His Being—back—

Grief is a Juggler—boldest at the Play—
Lest if He flinch—the eye that way
Pounce on His Bruises—One—say—or Three—
Grief is a Gourmand—spare His luxury—

Best Grief is Tongueless—before He'll tell—
Burn Him in the Public Square—
His Ashes—will
Possibly—if they refuse—How then know—
Since a Rack couldn't coax a syllable—now.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme ABAB XXXX CCDD XXXXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 568
Words 88
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 5

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