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Emily Dickinson - In Ebon Box, when years have flown

In Ebon Box, when years have flown
To reverently peer,
Wiping away the velvet dust
Summers have sprinkled there!

To hold a letter to the light --
Grown Tawny now, with time --
To con the faded syllables
That quickened us like Wine!

Perhaps a Flower's shrivelled check
Among its stores to find --
Plucked far away, some morning --
By gallant -- mouldering hand!

A curl, perhaps, from foreheads
Our Constancy forgot --
Perhaps, an Antique trinket --
In vanished fashions set!

And then to lay them quiet back --
And go about its care --
As if the little Ebon Box
Were none of our affair!

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 169. In Ebon Box, when years have flown
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Mar 12 2002

Comment 3 of 3, added on September 13th, 2013 at 8:02 AM.
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Comment 2 of 3, added on June 15th, 2010 at 7:14 PM.

Remembrance-trinkets and how we forget what we are supposed to remember by them.

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Comment 1 of 3, added on August 17th, 2005 at 5:55 AM.

Interesting info

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