He fumbles at your spirit

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



He fumbles at your spirit
   As players at the keys
Before they drop full music on;
   He stuns you by degrees,

Prepares your brittle substance
   For the ethereal blow,
By fainter hammers, further heard,
   Then nearer, then so slow

Your breath has time to straighten,
   Your brain to bubble cool, --
Deals one imperial thunderbolt
   That scalps your naked soul.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 28, 2023

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Scheme XAXA XBXB XXXX
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 362
Words 62
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

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