The nearest dream recedes, unrealized.

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



The nearest dream recedes, unrealized.
     The heaven we chase
     Like the June bee
     Before the school-boy
     Invites the race;
     Stoops to an easy clover
Dips--evades--teases--deploys;
     Then to the royal clouds
     Lifts his light pinnace
     Heedless of the boy
Staring, bewildered, at the mocking sky.

     Homesick for steadfast honey,
     Ah! the bee flies not
That brews that rare variety.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 23, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XABCAXXXACX BXB
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 409
Words 60
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 11, 3

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