Missing You

I made up words and kept singing how I loved you ….”
– Emily Dickinson to Susan Huntington 1852

A honey bee – unbalanced by
Its golden load – tumbles down
An ivory neck – drowned in balms.
Susie’s gone. Summer stutters – stalls.

Remember when – with hair unpinned –
You scolded Glory’s gossiping –
Pinched Snap for all her primping.
Remember singing – The Water Is Wide –
To Violets I pinned on your breast.

Sipping deep from plum-bloom eyes –
A store of honey for the frost.

At meeting – when the choir hallelooed –
I changed the words for God to Sue.

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