letters from dickinson to sarah tuckerman

late 1881

Dear Friend,

Vinnie asked me if I had any Message for you, and while I was picking it, you ran away.

Not seeing, still we know--
Not knowing, guess--
Not guessing, smile and hide
And half caress--

And quake-- and turn away,
Seraphic fear--
Is Eden's innuendo
"If you dare"?


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