I sing to use the Waiting
My Bonnet but to tie
And shut the Door unto my House
No more to do have I

Till His best step approaching
We journey to the Day
And tell each other how We sung
To Keep the Dark away.

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  1. Debbie says:

    For me the question is, what is the “Waiting?” In the context of her other poems, I see this poem in a wider context. When you don’t keep busy, it is easy to become depressed thinking too much about the human condition. I read “the Dark” to mean her preoccupation with death.

  2. Jose Lira says:

    This poem can be seen as a subtle metaphor on Emily Dickinson’s loneliness and want for recognition. She keeps making poems while she waits for fame to meet her. There are a number of other poems on this subject in Emily Dickinson’s work.

  3. toni says:

    housewife’s lament; waiting for her man to return; for they have longed for each other. thank you for reminding me of my past.

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