Emily Dickinson

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

Talk with prudence to a Beggar


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Talk with prudence to a Beggar
Of "Potose," and the mines!
Reverently, to the Hungry
Of your viands, and your wines!

Cautious, hint to any Captive
You have passed enfranchised feet!
Anecdotes of air in Dungeons
Have sometimes proved deadly sweet!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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