Friday, April 25, 2008

Poetry Month

Emily Dickinson's Defunct
by Marilyn Nelson

She used to
pack poems
in her hip pocket.
Under all the
gray old lady
clothes she was
dressed for action.
She had hair,
in certain places, and
believe me
she smelled human
on a hot summer day.
Stalking snakes
or counting
the thousand notes
in sunlight
she walked just
like an Indian.
She was New England's
favorite daughter,
she could pray
like the devil.
She was a
two-fisted woman,
this babe.
All the flies
just stood around
and buzzed
when she died.

AWESOME! I'm sure Emily blushes whenever someone reads this poem, but is grateful that people are finding out the truth.

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