- 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: 95
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 6. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 30, 2015, from
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Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 6," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed January 30, 2015,.
The way I read a letter 's this:
'T is first I lock the door,
And push it with my fingers next,
For transport it be sure.
And then I go the furthest off
To counteract a knock;
Then draw my little letter forth
And softly pick its lock.
Then, glancing narrow at the wall,
And narrow at the floor,
For firm conviction of a mouse
Not exorcised before,
Peruse how infinite I am
To — no one that you know!
And sigh for lack of heaven, — but not
The heaven the creeds bestow.