- 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: 108
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 8: At Home. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 24, 2023, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Love, Poem 8: At Home." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. September 24, 2023.
Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 8: At Home," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed September 24, 2023,.
The night was wide, and furnished scant
With but a single star,
That often as a cloud it met
Blew out itself for fear.
The wind pursued the little bush,
And drove away the leaves
November left; then clambered up
And fretted in the eaves.
No squirrel went abroad;
A dog's belated feet
Like intermittent plush were heard
Adown the empty street.
To feel if blinds be fast,
And closer to the fire
Her little rocking-chair to draw,
And shiver for the poor,
The housewife's gentle task.
"How pleasanter," said she
Unto the sofa opposite,
"The sleet than May — no thee!"