NEVER THE TIME AND THE PLACE - Emily Dickinson Poems

 
 

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NEVER THE TIME AND THE PLACE

Never the time and the place
      And the loved one all together!
This path--how soft to pace!
      This May--what magic weather!
Where is the loved one's face?
In a dream that loved one's face meets mine,
      But the house is narrow, the place is bleak
Where, outside, rain and wind combine
      With a furtive ear, if I strive to speak,
      With a hostile eye at my flushing cheek,
With a malice that marks each word, each sign!
O enemy sly and serpentine,
Uncoil thee from the waking man!
      Do I hold the Past
      Thus firm and fast
Yet doubt if the Future hold I can?
This path so soft to pace shall lead
Thro' the magic of May to herself indeed!
Or narrow if needs the house must be,
Outside are the storms and strangers: we
Oh, close, safe, warm sleep I and she,--
I and she!