"Arcturus" is his other name

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"Arcturus" is his other name—
I'd rather call him "Star."
It's very mean of Science
To go and interfere!

I slew a worm the other day—
A "Savant" passing by
Murmured "Resurgam"—"Centipede"!
"Oh Lord—how frail are we"!

I pull a flower from the woods—
A monster with a glass
Computes the stamens in a breath—
And has her in a "class"!

Whereas I took the Butterfly
Aforetime in my hat—
He sits erect in "Cabinets"—
The Clover bells forgot.

What once was "Heaven"
Is "Zenith" now—
Where I proposed to go
When Time's brief masquerade was done
Is mapped and charted too.

What if the poles should frisk about
And stand upon their heads!
I hope I'm ready for "the worst"—
Whatever prank betides!

Perhaps the "Kingdom of Heaven's" changed—
I hope the "Children" there Won't be "new fashioned" when I come—
And laugh at me—and stare—

I hope the Father in the skies
Will lift his little girl—
Old fashioned—naught—everything—
Over the stile of "Pearl."

Emily Dickinson
22 Comments
Angelina Holmes Arcturus is the 4th brightest star and the brightest star in the constellation Bootes,36 light-years from Earth. I find it lovely that she writes about such a star :) Nice personification too (0) (0)
Brian Jani Nice work like this poem (0) (0)
Pijush Biswas Oh...how beautiful....like it (4) (1)
Barucn Atta I started with a read of Books. But couldn't finish that Trip. So I tried some stories Short. The Suspect gave me the Slip. Now that I am retired and Old It's Poetry that makes me Snort. Really. (11) (3)
Henry Norton I don't think this is one of her better poems, simply because you don't have to work very much to understand it. Images and metaphors are obvious, (14) (11)
David Tierney the last few lines are so darkly comedic, a great poem (9) (10)
* Sunprincess * a beautiful poem... you are the one true poetess...we all should aspire to be more like... :) (18) (11)
Kevin Straw She is wrong about Heaven being charted. If Heaven is anywhere it is beyond science to chart. If science is at odds with religion where does it come from - the Devil? Is discovery God's work or Satan's. I think the last two verses are a bit twee. (11) (22)
Jacob Arden In the battle between - carrying on the tradition of Religion and the existence of God and embracing Agnostic theology as scientific discoveries, which in her thoughts failed neither to prove nor disprove his existence. I could've swore this poem was written yesterday, what an amazing piece. Pardon my modest comment I am just an infant to poetry (17) (6)
Stevie Taite And I think that she was not totally convinced about an existence of god! Zenith gave this away! But still was hedging her bets as science cannot disprove nor prove it! (22) (6)

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