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Emily Dickinson - The feet of people walking home

The feet of people walking home
With gayer sandals go --
The Crocus -- til she rises
The Vassal of the snow --
The lips at Hallelujah
Long years of practise bore
Til bye and bye these Bargemen
Walked singing on the shore.

Pearls are the Diver's farthings
Extorted from the Sea --
Pinions -- the Seraph's wagon
Pedestrian once -- as we --
Night is the morning's Canvas
Larceny -- legacy --
Death, but our rapt attention
To Immortality.

My figures fail to tell me
How far the Village lies --
Whose peasants are the Angels --
Whose Cantons dot the skies --
My Classics veil their faces --
My faith that Dark adores --
Which from its solemn abbeys
Such ressurection pours.

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 7. The feet of people walking home
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Jan 26 2002

Comment 7 of 7, added on January 4th, 2012 at 10:02 PM.

Your thinikng matches mine - great minds think alike!

Robbie from Honduras
Comment 6 of 7, added on June 15th, 2010 at 9:59 PM.

Earthly life teaches us that this life is a term of servitude that will be replaced in the next by a joyous fruition.

frumpo from United States
Comment 5 of 7, added on December 1st, 2009 at 12:40 AM.
Dickinson: The feet of people going home

I just discovered this site and really read this poem for the first time. I always stopped somewhere around the second stanza. Boo for me! It's a fascinating poem. Isn't it great for backing us up to see importance in terms of its context; i.e. the "canvas" of night for "morning." Gorgeous. I wonder how many other things I can "re-see" that way.

Lois Kackley

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