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Emily Dickinson - It would have starved a Gnat --

It would have starved a Gnat --
To live so small as I --
And yet I was a living Child --
With Food's necessity

Upon me -- like a Claw --
I could no more remove
Than I could coax a Leech away --
Or make a Dragon -- move --

Not like the Gnat -- had I --
The privilege to fly
And seek a Dinner for myself --
How mightier He -- than I --

Nor like Himself -- the Art
Upon the Window Pane
To gad my little Being out --
And not begin -- again --

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 612. It would have starved a Gnat --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Oct 4 2008

Comment 2 of 2, added on October 9th, 2017 at 5:43 AM.


Comment 1 of 2, added on September 3rd, 2009 at 8:34 PM.

If you like this poem, check out how Pamela White Hadas uses it as a jumping off point for her amazing poem "To Make a Dragon Move: From the Diary of an Anorexic" in BESIDE HERSELF published by Knopf.

Nancy Boutilier from United States

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