- 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: 191
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 5: The Letter. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 25, 2021, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Love, Poem 5: The Letter." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. September 25, 2021.
Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 5: The Letter," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed September 25, 2021,.
"Going to him! Happy letter! Tell him —
Tell him the page I didn't write;
Tell him I only said the syntax,
And left the verb and the pronoun out.
Tell him just how the fingers hurried,
Then how they waded, slow, slow, slow;
And then you wished you had eyes in your pages,
So you could see what moved them so.
"Tell him it wasn't a practised writer,
You guessed, from the way the sentence toiled;
You could hear the bodice tug, behind you,
As if it held but the might of a child;
You almost pitied it, you, it worked so.
Tell him — No, you may quibble there,
For it would split his heart to know it,
And then you and I were silenter.
"Tell him night finished before we finished,
And the old clock kept neighing 'day!'
And you got sleepy and begged to be ended —
What could it hinder so, to say?
Tell him just how she sealed you, cautious,
But if he ask where you are hid
Until to-morrow, — happy letter!
Gesture, coquette, and shake your head!"