A Burdock&Mdash;Clawed My Gown

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A Burdock—clawed my Gown—
Not Burdock's—blame—
But mine—
Who went too near
The Burdock's Den—

A Bog—affronts my shoe—
What else have Bogs—to do—
The only Trade they know—
The splashing Men!
Ah, pity—then!

'Tis Minnows can despise!
The Elephant's—calm eyes
Look further on!

by Emily Dickinson

Comments (17)

I have read that this is about a political rivalry between her father and another politician- both of them who appear to have acted as ridiculously as politicians do today
What an insightful woman Emily Dickinson was for the era she lived in. Her poetry is right on target. Such fun to read.
Superb! We all are bound by our own swabhava.
A Bog—affronts my shoe— What else have Bogs—to do— The only Trade they know— The splashing Men! Ah, pity—then! .........startling expression. Beautiful poem.
The only Trade they know The splashing men. Nicely written and well communicated. Sylva-Onyema Uba.
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