I could suffice for Him, I knew (643)

Emily Dickinson

 
I could suffice for Him, I knew—
He—could suffice for Me—
Yet Hesitating Fractions—Both
Surveyed Infinity—

"Would I be Whole" He sudden broached—
My syllable rebelled—
'Twas face to face with Nature—forced—
'Twas face to face with God—

Withdrew the Sun—to Other Wests—
Withdrew the furthest Star
Before Decision—stooped to speech—
And then—be audibler

The Answer of the Sea unto
The Motion of the Moon—
Herself adjust Her Tides—unto—
Could I—do else—with Mine?
 
This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on August 3, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.

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Further Reading

Poems about Living
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by Kathleen Ossip
A Toast
by Ilya Kaminsky
Another Elegy
by Jericho Brown
Ashes of Life
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
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C'est La Guerre
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Characteristics of Life
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Corpse Flower, Luna Moth
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Costumes Exchanging Glances
by Mary Jo Bang
Daily Life
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Difficult Body
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Elegy in Joy [excerpt]
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En Route
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First Things to Hand
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Flowers of Rad
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from Two Inch Fables
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Frozen
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How to Uproot a Tree
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I Have a Rendezvous With Life
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I Know A Few Things
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In a Landscape: IV
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In Betweenness
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Insomnia
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Life
by Joe Brainard
Life is Fine
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Little Night Prayer
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Living in Numbers
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Lost and Found
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Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus [excerpt]
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Meditation 29
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My Teacup
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On Disappearing
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On Living
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On the Gallows Once
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Past Inclemency & Present Warmth
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Poem Excluding Fiction
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Samurai Song
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Song for Future Books
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Songs of a Girl
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Sonnet
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sugar is smoking
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Summer in Winter in Summer
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Tear It Down
by Jack Gilbert
The Clouded Morning
by Jones Very
The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz
The Life So Short...
by Eamon Grennan
The Old Stoic
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The Pain
by Laura Kasischke
The Secret
by Denise Levertov
This is My Life
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Thoughts
by Walt Whitman
Thrown as if Fierce & Wild
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Variation on a Theme
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Virgil's Hand
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What the Living Do
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What Wild-Eyed Murderer
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What's Left (Al-Mutanabbi Street)
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Where I Live
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