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Emily Dickinson - If your Nerve, deny you

If your Nerve, deny you --
Go above your Nerve --
He can lean against the Grave,
If he fear to swerve --

That's a steady posture --
Never any bend
Held of those Brass arms --
Best Giant made --

If your Soul seesaw --
Lift the Flesh door --
The Poltroon wants Oxygen --
Nothing more --

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 292. If your Nerve, deny you
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Jun 29 2013

Comment 3 of 3, added on July 6th, 2010 at 10:30 AM.

Do not worry. Death is a solid relief.

frumpo from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on March 6th, 2006 at 5:32 PM.

Shant you'll have more to tally than to cry upon a nigh. Let be know a time has arised where heart is the only savior. It is passion that will one day ruler, let us hope.

Niko from Belize
Comment 1 of 3, added on December 5th, 2004 at 11:54 AM.

With a little help from the dictionary for "poltroon" (a cowardly person), the poem takes flight. Emily's advice is to lean into the grave and open one's throat. If we are lucky, we may have someone (like ED) we can take a breath with when we lose our nerve.

Alex Barends from United States

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