poems sent from dickinson to bowles

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 - like the Evening Blood -
And Topaz - like the star!
'Twould be "a Bargain" for a Jew!
Say - may I have it - Sir?

thomas johnson's note on poem 223 | index to dickinson poems sent to bowles

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