Emily Dickinson

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

Exclusion (The Soul Selects Her Own Society) - Poem by Emily Dickinson

The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.
Unmoved, she notes the chariot's pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.
I've known her from an ample nation
Choose one
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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