Emily Dickinson

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

They Shut Me Up in Prose


They shut me up in Prose --
As when a little Girl
They put me in the Closet --
Because they liked me "still" --

Still! Could themself have peeped --
And seen my Brain -- go round --
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason -- in the Pound --

Himself has but to will
And easy as a Star
Abolish his Captivity --
And laugh -- No more have I --

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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