I was once a child

Patti Smith reads Emily Dickinson

It troubled me as once I was β€”
For I was once a Child β€”
Concluding how an Atom β€” fell β€”
And yet the Heavens β€” held β€”

The Heavens weighed the most β€” by far β€”
Yet Blue β€” and solid β€” stood β€”
Without a Bolt β€” that I could prove β€”
Would Giants β€” understand?

Life set me larger β€” problems β€”
Some I shall keep β€” to solve
Till Algebra is easier β€”
Or simpler proved β€” above β€”

Then β€” too β€” be comprehended β€”
What sorer β€” puzzled me β€”
Why Heaven did not break away β€”
And tumble β€” Blue β€” on me β€”

Patti Smith as a child. (Photographs courtesy of Patti Smith.)

Original story: brainpickings.org/2020/08/06/patti-smith-reads-emily-dickinson/
Created for The Universe in Verse – more here: brainpickings.org/the-universe-in-verse

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