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   Chapter 380 THE BALLOON.

Poems by Emily Dickinson, Three Series, Complete By Emily Dickinson Characters: 666

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

You've seen balloons set, haven't you?

So stately they ascend

It is as swans discarded you

For duties diamond.

Their liquid feet go softly out

Upon a sea of blond;

They spurn the air as 't were too mean

For creatures so renowned.

Their ribbons just beyond the eye,

They struggle some for breath,

And yet

the crowd applauds below;

They would not encore death.

The gilded creature strains and spins,

Trips frantic in a tree,

Tears open her imperial veins

And tumbles in the sea.

The crowd retire with an oath

The dust in streets goes down,

And clerks in counting-rooms observe,

''T was only a balloon.'

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