A Mien to move a Queen

by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson


A Mien to move a Queen -
Half Child - Half Heroine -
An Orleans in the Eye
That puts its manner by
For humbler Company
When none are near
Even a Tear -
Its frequent Visitor -

A Bonnet like a Duke -
And yet a Wren's Peruke
Were not so shy
Of Goer by -
And Hands - so slight -
They would elate a Sprite
With Merriment -

A Voice that Alters - Low
And on the Ear can go
Like Let of Snow -
Or shift supreme -
As tone of Realm
On Subjects Diadem -

Too small - to fear -
Too distant - to endear -
And so Men Compromise
And just - revere -

Last updated June 21, 2015