Emily Dickinson

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

This Quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies


This quiet dust was gentlemen and ladies
And lads and girls;
Was laughter and ability and sighing,
And frocks and curls;

This passive place a summer's nimble mansion,
Where bloom and bees
Fulfilled their oriental circuit,
Then ceased like these.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie Sue Erb (2/16/2008 9:47:00 PM)

    I think of this poem as a stroll through a cemetery, looking at the gravestones and recognizing that each of them represents a unique individual. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paige Goodman Wolven (11/11/2004 5:10:00 PM)

    The dust was the gentlemen and ladies, does this mean that the gentlemen and ladies were dead? I think so. (Report) Reply

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