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If I Should Die
Emily Dickinson


If I should die,
And you should live,
And time should gurgle on,
And morn should beam,
And noon should burn,

As it has usual done;
If birds should build as early,
And bees as bustling go, --
One might depart at option
From enterprise below!
'T is sweet to know that stocks will stand
When we with daisies lie,
That commerce will continue,
And trades as briskly fly.
It makes the parting tranquil
And keeps the soul serene,
That gentlemen so sprightly
Conduct the pleasing scene!


This poem is in the public domain.




Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) is considered a major American poet, though she was not accorded this honor until well after her death, when her younger sister discovered and began to share the enormous body of work that Emily left behind. A recluse who almost always wore white, Emily was born to a prominent Massachusetts family and spent the bulk of her life inside her home in Amherst. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime, and virtually none were published as originally written until the mid 1950s. (Emily’s odd punctuation, capitalization, and formatting did not meet with standard publishing  “approval” for earlier editions.)  There is a whimsical nature to many of her poems, although the subject of death was the most frequent recurring theme.




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Alll I could think of was "how brave." Would that I could hint of the peace that goes on still.
Posted 03/11/2016 06:43 PM
She was certainly a positive thinker as well as a unique, much-loved and admired poet.
Posted 03/11/2016 05:19 PM
Really like that Dickinson knows and accepts that the universe does not revolve around her. Good lesson for us all!
Posted 03/11/2016 08:47 AM
Newf: It might not be too awful to live Ms. Dickinson. Quite a goal, I'd say.
Posted 03/11/2016 08:38 AM
Wilda Morris:
A wonderful attitude.
Posted 03/11/2016 08:06 AM
Obviously I meant I love Emily Dickinson.
Posted 03/11/2016 05:13 AM
She got that one right, life goes on with or without us. I live Emily Dickinson, but had never read this one.
Posted 03/11/2016 05:11 AM

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