MS (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0028 Emily Dickinson Considers Her Breasts

White silk gown – Sunday silk – yet
daily donned – tight-cuffed –
cool hands – folded - warm lap -
milk-white - under orange vest – and -
bearing – or to bear? –
two Legacies - from You, Sire –
this simple pair accompanying me -
twin-mirrored –
two poems yet to be read –
two words yet to be said –
to stimulate – a man -
circumferencing – unwritten future – to know – perhaps - which? -

kiss of need? as kid of goat –
little lips - innocent of teeth - tugged
as pulled red berry? Cherries fit
such little mouths. Or -

kiss of love? milk-white skin
brushed first – moustache – then
body’s delirious shudder –
ecstatic contract!
two red berries – red-plucked –
this first?
Will there be a morning - mooring –
you as sunrise -
after wild and feathered night,
bondage as play - so sweet?

Or – are these berries – to grow parched?
A rose - cease to bloom - before the flower taken -
autumn berries - heavy-hanging –
dropping – unmilked – unmouthed -
love put away - put in a drawer,
hiding brave face in hand?
I thus eventual – be –
awaiting further chance
of eternity?

You cannot put a fire out –
you love me – you are sure -
but – which is it, sir?

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Comments (2)

OK I'm coming out with my hands up.. almost every significant phrase comes from the lady herself. It's the Reader's Digest edit of her 1500? poems...and it arose, dear reader, from a poets' discussion about even passionate lady poets of the 19th century not mentioning their bodies...
The person who gave this a 2 probably thought you just had trouble writing complete sentences. (Similarly, posting the poem abou the Berlin Wall, I wondered, 'Do I need an historical preface telling some readers there WAS a Berlin Wall?) I thought, 'Yes, this IS Emily Dickinson! The proof? I don't understand a damn thing! It MUST be her! ': -) I'm able to get enough to see some very skillful play with fruits, berries, 'two poems' etc that are worthy of the lady poet. Surely she would praise your effort! You have the halting diction down, and the metaphors. It's a very subtle performance, Michael. You've made yourself into a pre-Victorian, New England lady! All for us, fellow poets! I'll boost up that '2', at least! Maybe I'll be able to get more with further readings.