- 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: 66
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 1: Choice. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 25, 2015, from
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Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 1: Choice," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed January 25, 2015,.
Of all the souls that stand create
I have elected one.
When sense from spirit files away,
And subterfuge is done;
When that which is and that which was
Apart, intrinsic, stand,
And this brief tragedy of flesh
Is shifted like a sand;
When figures show their royal front
And mists are carved away, —
Behold the atom I preferred
To all the lists of clay!