(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

One Life Of So Much Consequence!

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One Life of so much Consequence!
Yet I—for it—would pay—
My Soul's entire income—
In ceaseless—salary—

One Pearl—to me—so signal—
That I would instant dive—
Although—I knew—to take it—
Would cost me—just a life!

The Sea is full—I know it!
That—does not blur my Gem!
It burns—distinct from all the row—
Intact—in Diadem!

The life is thick—I know it!
Yet—not so dense a crowd—
But Monarchs—are perceptible—
Far down the dustiest Road!

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I was captivated by her first stanza in this poem: One Life of so much Consequence! Yet I—for it—would pay— My Soul's entire income— In ceaseless—salary—