Emily Dickinson

Dec. 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886


Two swimmers wrestled on the spar...

by Emily Dickinson

Two swimmers wrestled on the spar
Until the morning sun,
When one turned smiling to the land.
O God, the other one!

The stray ships passing spied a face
Upon the waters borne,
With eyes in death still begging raised,
And hands beseeching thrown.


Copyright 1890
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston