Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"It sifts from Leaden Sieves" by Emily Dickinson

It sifts from Leaden Sieves -
It powers all the Wood -
It fills with Alabaster Wool
The Wrinkles of the Road -

It scatters like the Birds -
Condenses like a Flock -
Like Juggler’s Figures situates
Upon a baseless Arc -

It traverses yet halts -
Disperses as it stays -
Then curls itself in Capricorn -
Denying that it was -

Source of the text – The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition, edited by Ralph W. Franklin. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998, p. 129.

Bourguignomicon: Snow litany. The white stuff assumes a rich presence with 3 active verbs each in stanzas 1 & 2 and paradoxically-paired verbs in the third.

No comments:

Post a Comment

About Me

Blog Archive