Emily Dickinson

Dec. 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886


On this long storm the rainbow rose...

by Emily Dickinson

On this long storm the rainbow rose,
On this late morn the sun;
The clouds, like listless elephants,
Horizons straggled down.

The birds rose smiling in their nests,
The gales indeed were done;
Alas! how heedless were the eyes
On whom the summer shone!

The quiet nonchalance of death
No daybreak can bestir;
The slow archangel's syllables
Must awaken her.


Copyright 1890
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston