"Why Do I Love" You, Sir?

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"Why do I love" You, Sir?
Because—
The Wind does not require the Grass
To answer—Wherefore when He pass
She cannot keep Her place.

Because He knows—and
Do not You—
And We know not—
Enough for Us
The Wisdom it be so—

The Lightning—never asked an Eye
Wherefore it shut—when He was by—
Because He knows it cannot speak—
And reasons not contained—
—Of Talk—
There be—preferred by Daintier Folk—

The Sunrise—Sire—compelleth Me—
Because He's Sunrise—and I see—
Therefore—Then—
I love Thee—

by Emily Dickinson

Comments (87)

I like a boy named zac and he hugs me but he is rude I love him so much
Because, he's Sunrise and I see...therefore then I love thee... so simply and beautifully expressed
The Lightning—never asked an Eye Wherefore it shut—when He was by— Because He knows it cannot speak— And reasons not contained— —Of Talk— There be—preferred by Daintier Folk— Wow..So beautiful illustration!
Wow Dickinson was so sharp with the pen
Ravi Kopra: A spinster is someone who never married, not who never loved. To dismiss Dickinson's words because her (several known) loves did not have legal status is absurd. Some of the most astute observers of the human heart in history never married, including Jane Austen and all three of the Bronte sisters.
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