I Came to buy a smile — today —
But just a single smile —
The smallest one upon your face
Will suit me just as well —
The one that no one else would miss
It shone so very small —
I’m pleading at the “counter” — sir —
Could you afford to sell —
I’ve Diamonds — on my fingers —
You know what Diamonds are?
I’ve Rubies — live the Evening Blood —
And Topaz — like the star!
‘Twould be “a Bargain” for a Jew!
Say — may I have it — Sir?

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem I Came to buy a smile — today


  1. frumpo says:

    Looking meekly for approval from a person or God.

  2. mertnia says:

    i this poem it is very mean to our culture. 🙁

  3. John says:

    I liked this poem. I still learning to english.

  4. cooper says:

    i like this poem and i am a crazy maniac

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