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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

LXXVI


I HAD been hungry all the years;
  My noon had come, to dine;
I, trembling, drew the table near,
And touched the curious wine.
  
’T was this on tables I had seen,        5
When turning, hungry, lone,
I looked in windows, for the wealth
I could not hope to own.
  
I did not know the ample bread,
’T was so unlike the crumb        10
The birds and I had often shared
In Nature’s dining-room.
  
The plenty hurt me, ’t was so new,—
Myself felt ill and odd,
As berry of a mountain bush        15
Transplanted to the road.
  
Nor was I hungry; so I found
That hunger was a way
Of persons outside windows,
The entering takes away.   20

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