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    Emily Dickinson - I Started Early


    by poetictouch

    Emily Dickinson - I Started Early - An animation created by Maureen Selwood and read by Blair Brown.

    I Started Early
    by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    I started Early - Took my Dog -
    And visited the Sea -
    The Mermaids in the Basement
    Came out to look at me -

    And Frigates - in the Upper Floor
    Extended Hempen Hands -
    Presuming Me to be a Mouse -
    Aground - upon the Sands -

    But no Man moved Me - till the Tide
    Went past my simple Shoe -
    And past my Apron - and my Belt
    And past my Bodice - too -

    And made as He would eat me up -
    As wholly as a Dew
    Upon a Dandelion's Sleeve -
    And then - I started - too -

    And He - He followed - close behind -
    I felt His Silver Heel
    Upon my Ankle - Then my Shoes
    Would overflow with Pearl -

    Until We met the Solid Town -
    No One He seemed to know -
    And bowing - with a Mighty look -
    At me - The Sea withdrew -