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The Sea by Emily dickinson









The Sea

by Emily dickinson


I started early, took my dog,

And visited the sea-

The mermaids in the basement

Came out to look at me.


And frigates in the upper floor

Extended hempen hands-

Presuming me to be a mouse

Aground, upon the sands,


But no man moved me till the tide

Went past my simple shoe-

And past my apron and my belt,

And past my bodice too,


And he--he followed close behind;

I felt his silver heel

Upon my ankle- then my shoes

Would overflow with pearl.


Until we met the solid town,

No one he seemed to know-

And bowing with a mighty look

At me, the sea withdrew.