One Sister have I in our house

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



One Sister have I in our house,
And one, a hedge away.
There's only one recorded,
But both belong to me.

One came the road that I came—
And wore my last year's gown—
The other, as a bird her nest,
Builded our hearts among.

She did not sing as we did—
It was a different tune—
Herself to her a music
As Bumble bee of June.

Today is far from Childhood—
But up and down the hills
I held her hand the tighter—
Which shortened all the miles—

And still her hum
The years among,
Deceives the Butterfly;
Still in her Eye
The Violets lie
Mouldered this many May.

I spilt the dew—
But took the morn—
I chose this single star
From out the wide night's numbers—
Sue - forevermore!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 25, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXX XXXB XCXC XXDX XBEEEA XXXXD
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 670
Words 134
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 5

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