poems sent from dickinson to bowles

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 224

MANUSCRIPTS: There are two, identical in text, both written about 1861. The copy reproduced above (H 204d) is in packet 37. That below (Bowles), signed "Emily -," was sent to Samuel Bowles and probably accompanied a gift of flowers.

I've nothing else, to bring, you know -
So I keep bringing these -
Just as the Night keeps fetching stars -
To our familiar Eyes -
Maybe - we should'nt mind them -
Unless they did'nt come -
Then - maybe, it would puzzle us
To find our way Home!

PUBLICATION: FP (1929), 68. Though derived from the packet copy, the text is arranged without stanza division.

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