Emily Dickinson

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

Empty my Heart, of Thee


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Empty my Heart, of Thee—
Its single Artery—
Begin, and leave Thee out—
Simply Extinction's Date—

Much Billow hath the Sea—
One Baltic—They—
Subtract Thyself, in play,
And not enough of me
Is left—to put away—
"Myself" meanth Thee—

Erase the Root—no Tree—
Thee—then—no me—
The Heavens stripped—
Eternity's vast pocket, picked—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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