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Emily Dickinson - The only Ghost I ever saw

The only Ghost I ever saw
Was dressed in Mechlin -- so --
He wore no sandal on his foot --
And stepped like flakes of snow --

His Gait -- was soundless, like the Bird --
But rapid -- like the Roe --
His fashions, quaint, Mosaic --
Or haply, Mistletoe --

His conversation -- seldom --
His laughter, like the Breeze --
That dies away in Dimples
Among the pensive Trees --

Our interview -- was transient --
Of me, himself was shy --
And God forbid I look behind --
Since that appalling Day!

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 274. The only Ghost I ever saw
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Dec 30 2001

Comment 8 of 8, added on July 2nd, 2010 at 1:37 PM.

An experience with the Holy Spirit or a dead person.

frumpo from United States
Comment 7 of 8, added on January 8th, 2008 at 10:27 AM.

If the word "Mosaic" is taken as being an adjective, it means relating to the religious figure, Moses. In the context of the poem, that could mean Dickinson is comparing the attire of the Ghost to the clothes that Moses would wear, as she says "His fashions, quaint, Mosaic".
That is my interpretation at least, as it seems to make more sense.
Also, the last line is ambiguous. Does she mean "I'm too scared to look behind me because seeing that Ghost has made me more afraid of death 'stalking' me"
Or does she mean "I'm never going to look back" as in, I'm looking only at the future and not concerned with the worries of death.

Clare from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 8, added on May 16th, 2007 at 6:18 PM.

i really like this poem it is cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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