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Poem Title:  If You Were Coming In The Fall

Poem Category:  Remembrance Poems

Poet:  Emily Dickinson

Poet Biography: 
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American lyrical poet. Strangely, due to her extreme views on her own privacy, only seven of her approx. 1800 poems were published during her lifetime.



Poem: 
If you were coming in the fall,
I'd brush the summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As housewives do a fly.

If I could see you in a year,
I'd wind the months in balls,
And put them each in separate drawers,
Until their time befalls.

If only centuries delayed,
I'd count them on my hand,
Subtracting till my fingers dropped
Into Van Diemen's land.

If certain, when this life was out,
That yours and mine should be,
I'd toss it yonder like a rind,
And taste eternity.

But now, all ignorant of the length
Of time's uncertain wing,
It goads me, like the goblin bee,
That will not state its sting.


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