I tend my flowers for thee

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



I tend my flowers for thee—
Bright Absentee!
My Fuchsia's Coral Seams
Rip—while the Sower—dreams—

Geraniums— tint—and spot—
Low Daisies—dot—
My Cactus—splits her Beard
To show her throat—

Carnations—tip their spice—
And Bees—pick up—
A Hyacinth—I hid—
Puts out a Ruffled Head—
And odors fall
From flasks—so small—
You marvel how they held—

Globe Roses—break their satin glake—
Upon my Garden floor—
Yet—thou—not there—
I had as lief they bore
No Crimson—more—

Thy flower—be gay—
Her Lord—away!
It ill becometh me—
I'll dwell in Calyx—Gray—
How modestly—alway—
Thy Daisy—
Draped for thee!  

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 24, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABB CCXX XXXXDDX EFXFF EGAGGAA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 646
Words 94
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 7, 5, 7

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