Thursday, 18 February 2010

If I had no pencil


If I had no pencil,
Would it try mine -
Worn - now - and dull - sweet,
Writing much to thee.
If it had no word -
Would it make the Daisy,
Most as big as I was -
When it plucked me?

Emily Dickinson

Manuscript: About early 1861, in pencil, signed "Emily" and sent to American journalist and editor of  the Springfield Republican, Samuel Bowles, pinned around the stub of a pencil. In The Poems of Emily Dickinson, volume 3, 1998.

Black and white daguerrotype of Emily Dickinson ca. early 1847

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