Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Adrift! A little boat adrift!


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Adrift! A little boat adrift!
And night is coming down!
Will no one guide a little boat
Unto the nearest town?

So Sailors say—on yesterday—
Just as the dusk was brown
One little boat gave up its strife
And gurgled down and down.

So angels say—on yesterday—
Just as the dawn was red
One little boat—o'erspent with gales—
Retrimmed its masts—redecked its sails—
And shot—exultant on!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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