I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl (443)

Emily Dickinson

 
I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl—
Life's little duties do—precisely—
As the very least  
Were infinite—to me—
    
I put new Blossoms in the Glass—
And throw the old—away—
I push a petal from my gown  
That anchored there—I weigh  
The time 'twill be till six o'clock  
I have so much to do—
And yet—Existence—some way back—
Stopped—struck—my ticking—through—
We cannot put Ourself away  
As a completed Man  
Or Woman—When the Errand's done  
We came to Flesh—upon—
There may be—Miles on Miles of Nought—
Of Action—sicker far—
To simulate—is stinging work—
To cover what we are  
From Science—and from Surgery—
Too Telescopic Eyes  
To bear on us unshaded—
For their—sake—not for Ours—
Twould start them—
We—could tremble—
But since we got a Bomb—
And held it in our Bosom—
Nay—Hold it—it is calm—
    
Therefore—we do life's labor—
Though life's Reward—be done—
With scrupulous exactness—
To hold our Senses—on—
 

Poems by This Author

A Bird came down the Walk (328) by Emily Dickinson
A Bird came down the Walk
A Drop fell on the Apple Tree (794) by Emily Dickinson
A Drop fell on the Apple Tree
A lane of Yellow led the eye (1650) by Emily Dickinson
A lane of Yellow led the eye
A Man may make a Remark (952) by Emily Dickinson
A Man may make a Remark
Because I could not stop for Death (712) by Emily Dickinson
Because I could not stop for Death--
Besides the Autumn poets sing (131) by Emily Dickinson
Besides the Autumn poets sing
Color - Caste - Denomination - (970) by Emily Dickinson
Color - Caste - Denomination
Come Slowly—Eden (211) by Emily Dickinson
Come slowly—Eden
Dear March - Come in - (1320) by Emily Dickinson
Dear March - Come in -
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
I like to see it lap the Miles
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'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
The Savior must have been a docile Gentleman (1487) by Emily Dickinson
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)
There's a certain Slant of light (258) by Emily Dickinson
There's a certain Slant of light,
To make a prairie (1755) by Emily Dickinson
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
Two Butterflies went out at Noon— (533) by Emily Dickinson
Two Butterflies went out at Noon
We never know how high we are (1176) by Emily Dickinson
We never know how high we are
Wild Nights – Wild Nights! (249) by Emily Dickinson
Wild Nights! - Wild Nights!
Winter is good - his Hoar Delights (1316) by Emily Dickinson
Winter is good - his Hoar Delights


Further Reading

Carpe Diem
A Shropshire Lad, II
by A. E. Housman
As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world's a stage]
by William Shakespeare
Three Airs for the Beggar’s Opera, Air XXII
by John Gay
Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene III [O Mistress mine, where are you roaming?]
by William Shakespeare
A Psalm of Life
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Song On the End of the World
by Czeslaw Milosz
Another Song [Are they shadows that we see?]
by Samuel Daniel
Anything Can Happen
by Seamus Heaney
Archaic Torso of Apollo
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Barter
by Sara Teasdale
Be Drunk
by Charles Baudelaire
Carpe Diem: Poems for Making the Most of Time
Daphnis and Chloe
by Haniel Long
Days
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dreams
by Langston Hughes
Exact
by Rae Armantrout
First Fig
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
I Have News for You
by Tony Hoagland
I saw a man pursuing the horizon
by Stephen Crane
If—
by Rudyard Kipling
Live Blindly and Upon the Hour
by Trumbull Stickney
My life closed twice before its close (96)
by Emily Dickinson
My life has been the poem I would have writ
by Henry David Thoreau
O Me! O Life!
by Walt Whitman
O, Gather Me the Rose
by William Ernest Henley
Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.
by Noah Eli Gordon
Song of Myself, III
by Walt Whitman
Song to Celia
by Ben Jonson
Thanatopsis
by William Cullen Bryant
the gate
by Tadeusz Różewicz
The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
To His Coy Mistress
by Andrew Marvell
To Rosa
by Abraham Lincoln
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
by Robert Herrick
Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam
by Ernest Dowson
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths
by Philip James Bailey
When I consider every thing that grows (Sonnet 15)
by William Shakespeare
You Can't Have It All
by Barbara Ras