Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H 356a
The Wind begun to knead the Grass -
As Women do a Dough -
He flung a Hand full at the Plain -
A Hand full at the Sky -
The Leaves unhooked themselves from Trees -
And started all abroad -
The Dust did scoop itself like Hands -
And throw away the Road -
H 356b

The Wagons quickened on the Streets -
The Thunder gossiped low -
The lightning showed a Yellow Head -
And then a livid Toe -
The Birds put up the Bars to Nests -
The Cattle flung to Barns -
Then came one drop of Giant Rain -
H 356c

And then, as if the Hands
That held the Damns - had parted hold -
The Waters Wrecked the Sky -
But overlooked my Father's House -
Just Quartering a Tree -
Emily '

H 356

Close-Up of H 356a | Close-Up of H 356b | Close-Up of H 356c

Verso Notes
Search Index

Dickinson Electronic Archives Main Menu

Image reproduced by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University. Not to be reproduced in whole or in part without permission.
Transcription and commentary copyright 1996 by Martha Nell Smith, all rights reserved
Last updated on August 13, 1998
Maintained by Tanya Clement <tclement@umd.edu>