- 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: 122
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 5: Surrender. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 24, 2023, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Love, Poem 5: Surrender." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. September 24, 2023.
Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 5: Surrender," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed September 24, 2023,.
If you were coming in the fall,
I'd brush the summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As housewives do a fly.
If I could see you in a year,
I'd wind the months in balls,
And put them each in separate drawers,
Until their time befalls.
If only centuries delayed,
I'd count them on my hand,
Subtracting till my fingers dropped
Into Van Diemen's land.
If certain, when this life was out,
That yours and mine should be,
I'd toss it yonder like a rind,
And taste eternity.
But now, all ignorant of the length
Of time's uncertain wing,
It goads me, like the goblin bee,
That will not state its sting.