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

Part Four: Time and Eternity

CXXXV


A CLOCK stopped—not the mantel’s;
  Geneva’s farthest skill
Can’t put the puppet bowing
  That just now dangled still.
  
An awe came on the trinket!        5
  The figures hunched with pain,
Then quivered out of decimals
  Into degreeless noon.
  
It will not stir for doctors,
  This pendulum of snow;        10
The shopman importunes it,
  While cool, concernless No
  
Nods from the gilded pointers,
  Nods from the seconds slim,
Decades of arrogance between        15
  The dial life and him.

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