Emily Dickinson

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

The Only Ghost I Ever Saw - Poem by Emily Dickinson

The only ghost I ever saw
Was dressed in mechlin, --so;
He wore no sandal on his foot,
And stepped like flakes of snow.
His gait was soundless, like the bird,
But rapid, like the roe;
His fashions quaint, mosaic,
Or, haply, mistletoe.


Hi conversation seldom,
His laughter like the breeze
That dies away in dimples
Among the pensive trees.
Our interview was transient, --
Of me, himself was shy;
And God forbid I look behind
Since that appalling day!


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  • (6/10/2016 8:29:00 AM)


    ..........amazing imagery....love this stanza ★

    His laughter like the breeze
    That dies away in dimples
    Among the pensive trees.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001



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