Did the Harebell loose her girdle
To the lover Bee
Would the Bee the Harebell hallow
Much as formerly?

Did the “Paradise” — persuaded —
Yield her moat of pearl —
Would the Eden be an Eden,
Or the Earl — an Earl?

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2 Comments

  1. frumpo says:

    If the best they things were completely manifested, they would not be the best things.

  2. Michael Shapiro says:

    I love this poem. It’s a complete hoot. Who knew Emily Dickinson could be be vulgar? You can just about hear two women gossiping over the fence. “Did you hear about …. ?” “Oh really…?” “Well! I always said she had a loose girdle…”

    I’m working on an illustration/cartoon for this. Email me if you’d like to see it.

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