- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 84
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 17: The Railway Train. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 20, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 17: The Railway Train." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. April 20, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 17: The Railway Train," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed April 20, 2014,.
I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step
Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare
To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill
And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop — docile and omnipotent —
At its own stable door.