Emily Dickinson - I Started Early


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Emily Dickinson - I Started Early - Read by Blair Brown - Animation by Maureen Selwood

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 Man He seemed to know —
And bowing — with a Mighty look —
At me — The Sea withdrew —

1 comment

The reading and animation is good and it enriches the great experience and feeling of Emily Dickinson's fine work. She is brilliant and I love to experience poetic genius. It's invigorating to say the least. Read her, listen to her peotry read and it'll make your poetic experiences deeper and richer. I have been blessed.
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