poems sent from dickinson to higginson

Before I got my eye put out
I liked as well to see-
As other Creatures, that have Eyes
And know no other way-

But were it told to me - Today -
That I might have the sky
For mine- I tell you that my Heart
Would split, for size of me-

The Meadows-mine-
The Mountains-mine-
All Forests - Stintless Stars -
As much of Noon as I could take
Between my finite eyes-

The Motions of The Dipping Birds-
The Morning's Amber Road-
For mine-to look at when I liked-
The News would strike me dead-

So safer Guess-with just my soul
Upon the Window pane-
Where other Creatures put their eyes-
Incautious-of the Sun-

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