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Emily Dickinson - Where I have lost, I softer tread

Where I have lost, I softer tread --
I sow sweet flower from garden bed --
I pause above that vanished head
And mourn.

Whom I have lost, I pious guard
From accent harsh, or ruthless word --
Feeling as if their pillow heard,
Though stone!

When I have lost, you'll know by this --
A Bonnet black -- A dusk surplice --
A little tremor in my voice Like this!

Why, I have lost, the people know
Who dressed in flocks of purest snow
Went home a century ago
Next Bliss!

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 104. Where I have lost, I softer tread
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: May 28 2013

Comment 3 of 3, added on June 15th, 2010 at 6:37 PM.

When people I love die, I mourn sadly in confusion. Saints a century ago were joyful.

frumpo from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on November 4th, 2005 at 12:15 PM.

i think this poem rolls hard

dude van joe
Comment 1 of 3, added on November 9th, 2004 at 9:55 PM.

I love how this poem portrays the pain that Dickinson felt due to her recluse like lifestyle. and how she longed to be free of it.

Jamie from United States

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