Spotlight Poetry – The Feet of People Walking Home – A poem by Emily Dickinson

The Feet of People Walking Home by Emily Dickinson

The feet of people walking home
With gayer sandals go
The Crocus, till she rises
The Vassal of the snow —
The lips at Hallelujah!
Long years of practise bore
Till bye and bye these Bargemen
Walked singing on the shore.

Pearls are the Diver’s farthings
Extorted from the Sea
Pinions the Seraph’s wagon
Pedestrian once, as we —
Night is the morning’s Canvas
Larceny, legacy
Death, but our rapt attention
To Immortality.

My figures fail to tell me
How far the Village lies
Whose peasants are the Angels,
Whose Cantons dot the skies,
My Classics veil their faces,
My faith that Dark adores
Which from its solemn abbeys
Such resurrection pours!

Poem Attribution © Emily Dickinson, The Feet of People Walking Home

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