Emily Dickinson

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

I Started Early - Took My Dog - Poem by Emily Dickinson

I started Early - Took my Dog -
And visited the Sea -
The Mermaids in the Basement
Came out to look at me -

And Frigates - in the Upper Floor
Extended Hempen Hands -
Presuming Me to be a Mouse -
Aground - upon the Sands -

But no Man moved Me - till the Tide
Went past my simple Shoe -
And past my Apron - and my Belt
And past my Bodice - too -

And made as He would eat me up -
As wholly as a Dew
Upon a Dandelion's Sleeve -
And then - I started - too -

And He - He followed - close behind -
I felt His Silver Heel
Upon my Ankle - Then my Shoes
Would overflow with Pearl -

Until We met the Solid Town -
No One He seemed to know -
And bowing - with a Mighty look -
At me - The Sea withdrew -


Comments about I Started Early - Took My Dog by Emily Dickinson

  • Abderrahmane Dakir (2/28/2016 9:05:00 AM)


    Nice poem about the mighty look of the dog. Thank you Emily Dicknson for this poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (9/28/2015 7:57:00 PM)


    ............beautiful poem and wonderful narrative ★ (Report) Reply

  • (12/24/2014 1:53:00 PM)


    to sit and watch the tide (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan (5/14/2014 4:57:00 PM)


    I love this one amy (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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