Emily Dickinson

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

Two butterflies went out at noon


Two butterflies went out at noon
And waltzed above a stream,
Then stepped straight through the firmament
And rested on a beam;

And then together bore away
Upon a shining sea,--
Though never yet, in any port
Their coming mentioned be.

If spoken by the distant bird,
If met in ether sea
By frigate or by merchantman,
Report was not to me.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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