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Poem by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson


Loves Baptism


Im ceded, Ive stopped being theirs;
The name they dropped upon my face
With water, in the country church,
Is finished using now,
And they can put it with my dolls,
My childhood, and the string of spools
Ive finished threading too.

Baptized before without the choice,
But this time consciously, of grace
Unto supremest name,
Called to my full, the crescent dropped,
Existences whole arc filled up
With one small diadem.

My second rank, too small the first,
Crowned, crowing on my fathers breast,
A half unconscious queen;
But this time, adequate, erect,
With will to choose or to reject.
And I choose  just a throne.



Emily Elizabeth Dickinson


Emily Elizabeth Dickinson's other poems:
  1. Belshazzar Had a Letter
  2. New Feet within My Garden Go
  3. Psalm of the Day
  4. Our Share of Night to Bear
  5. Renunciation


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