Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H 262a
He fumbles at your Soul
As Players at the Keys
Before they drop full 
Music on -
He stuns you by degrees -
Prepares your brittle Nature
For the Etherial Blow
By fainter Hammers - 
further heard -
Then nearer - Then so slow
Your Breath has time to 
straighten -
Your Brain - to bubble Cool -
Deals - One - imperial -
Thunderbolt -

H 262b

That scalps your 
naked Soul -

When Winds take Forests 
in their Paws -
The Universe - is still -


H 262

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