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

Part One: Life

CXXXVII


ONE day is there of the series
  Termed Thanksgiving day,
Celebrated part at table,
  Part in memory.
  
Neither patriarch nor pussy,        5
  I dissect the play;
Seems it, to my hooded thinking,
  Reflex holiday.
  
Had there been no sharp subtraction
  From the early sum,        10
Not an acre or a caption
  Where was once a room,
  
Not a mention, whose small pebble
  Wrinkled any bay,—
Unto such, were such assembly,        15
  ’T were Thanksgiving day.

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