Thursday, 4 June 2020

                        (for Emily Dickinson)

by Susan Tepper

If you listen closely
you can
come to believe
the hissing radiator
is wind outside the windows
the eyes to a world she
decided to let go—
It was long before your time 

A war carried out 
in bloody meadows and
the fields of her country
which is your country—

Then when all became clear
she clothed herself in white.

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