We never know how high we are (1176)

Emily Dickinson

 
We never know how high we are  
  Till we are called to rise;  
And then, if we are true to plan,  
  Our statures touch the skies—  
   
The Heroism we recite
  Would be a daily thing,  
Did not ourselves the Cubits warp  
  For fear to be a King—
 
This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on April 20, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.

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Because I could not stop for Death--
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Besides the Autumn poets sing
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Come Slowly—Eden (211) by Emily Dickinson
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Dear March - Come in - (1320) by Emily Dickinson
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Fame is a fickle food (1659) by Emily Dickinson
Fame is a fickle food
Hope is the thing with feathers (254) by Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers
I cannot live with You (640) by Emily Dickinson
I cannot live with You--
I could suffice for Him, I knew (643) by Emily Dickinson
I could suffice for Him, I knew—
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280) by Emily Dickinson
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
I heard a Fly buzz (465) by Emily Dickinson
I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--
I like to see it lap the Miles (43) by Emily Dickinson
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I measure every Grief I meet (561) by Emily Dickinson
I measure every Grief I meet
I taste a liquor never brewed (214) by Emily Dickinson
I taste a liquor never brewed--
I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl (443) by Emily Dickinson
I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl—
I'm Nobody! Who are you? (260) by Emily Dickinson
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
It sifts from Leaden Sieves - (311) by Emily Dickinson
It sifts from Leaden Sieves
It was not Death, for I stood up (510) by Emily Dickinson
It was not Death, for I stood up
It's all I have to bring today (26) by Emily Dickinson
It's all I have to bring today
Knows how to forget! (433) by Emily Dickinson
Knows how to forget
Like Brooms of Steel (1252) by Emily Dickinson
Luck is not chance (1350) by Emily Dickinson
Luck is not chance
My life closed twice before its close (96) by Emily Dickinson
My life closed twice before its close
One day is there of the series by Emily Dickinson
One day is there of the series
One Sister have I in our house (14) by Emily Dickinson
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (216) by Emily Dickinson
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—
The Outlet (162) by Emily Dickinson
My river runs to thee
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The Savior must have been
The Soul selects her own Society (303) by Emily Dickinson
The Soul selects her own Society—
The Soul unto itself (683) by Emily Dickinson
The Soul unto itself
There is no frigate like a book (1263) by Emily Dickinson
There is no frigate like a book (1263)
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There's a certain Slant of light,
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Wild Nights – Wild Nights! (249) by Emily Dickinson
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Winter is good - his Hoar Delights


Further Reading

Poems for Kids
Antigonish [I met a man who wasn't there]
by Hughes Mearns
At the Zoo
by William Makepeace Thackeray
Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face
by Jack Prelutsky
Bleezer's Ice Cream
by Jack Prelutsky
Clouds
by Christina Rossetti
Dream Variations
by Langston Hughes
Eletelephony
by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Fishmonger
by Marsden Hartley
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280)
by Emily Dickinson
Jabberwocky
by Lewis Carroll
maggie and milly and molly and may
by E. E. Cummings
Mary's Lamb
by Sarah Josepha Hale
Mother Doesn't Want a Dog
by Judith Viorst
Mr. Grumpledump's Song
by Shel Silverstein
My Shadow
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Nonsense Alphabet
by Edward Lear
Sick
by Shel Silverstein
Since Hannah Moved Away
by Judith Viorst
The Crocodile
by Lewis Carroll
The Duel
by Eugene Field
The Eagle
by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The Good Moolly Cow [excerpt]
by Eliza Lee Follen
The Land of Counterpane
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Purple Cow
by Gelett Burgess
The Raven
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Tyger
by William Blake
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field