- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 41
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 26. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 18, 2015, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 26." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. April 18, 2015.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 26," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed April 18, 2015,.
The brain within its groove
Runs evenly and true;
But let a splinter swerve,
'T were easier for you
To put the water back
When floods have slit the hills,
And scooped a turnpike for themselves,
And blotted out the mills!