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

Part Five: The Single Hound

IV


FAME is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate,
Whose table once a Guest, but not
The second time, is set.
Whose crumbs the crows inspect,        5
And with ironic caw
Flap past it to the Farmer’s corn;
Men eat of it and die.

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