Emily Dickinson

Dec. 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886


Except to heaven, she is nought;...

by Emily Dickinson

Except to heaven, she is nought;
Except for angels, lone;
Except to some wide-wandering bee,
A flower superfluous blown;

Except for winds, provincial;
Except by butterflies,
Unnoticed as a single dew
That on the acre lies.

The smallest housewife in the grass,
Yet take her from the lawn,
And somebody has lost the face
That made existence home!


Copyright 1890
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston