They ask but our Delight—
The Darlings of the Soil
And grant us all their Countenanc…
For a penurious smile.
I DIED for beauty, but was scarc…
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was la…
In an adjoining room.
He questioned softly why I failed…
Just lost, when I was saved!
Just felt the world go by!
Just girt me for the onset with E…
When breath blew back,
Sweet—You forgot—but I remembered
Every time—for Two—
So that the Sum be never hindered
Through Decay of You—
A happy lip—breaks sudden—
It doesn’t state you how
I heard a fly buzz when I died;
The stillness round my form
Was like the stillness in the air
Between the heaves of storm.
The eyes beside had wrung them dry…
How far is it to Heaven?
As far as Death this way—
Of River or of Ridge beyond
Was no discovery.
I tried to think a lonelier Thing
Than any I had seen—
Some Polar Expiation—An Omen in…
Of Death’s tremendous nearness—
If she had been the Mistletoe
And I had been the Rose—
How gay upon your table
My velvet life to close—
I never told the buried gold
Upon the hill—that lies—
I saw the sun—his plunder done
Crouch low to guard his prize.
UP with the sun, the breeze arose…
Across the talking corn she goes,
And smooth she rustles far and wid…
Through all the voiceful countrysi…
Through all the land her tale she…
I haven’t told my garden yet—
Lest that should conquer me.
I haven’t quite the strength now
To break it to the Bee—
Who Giants know, with lesser Men
Are incomplete, and shy—
For Greatness, that is ill at eas…
In minor Company—
I could bring You Jewels—had I a…
But You have enough—of those—
I could bring You Odors from St.…
Colors—from Vera Cruz—
Abraham to kill him
Was distinctly told’—
Isaac was an Urchin’—
Abraham was old’—
Not a hesitation’—