- 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: 86
Dickinson, E. (1896). Love, Poem 11: The Lovers. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved November 30, 2023, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Love, Poem 11: The Lovers." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. November 30, 2023.
Emily Dickinson, "Love, Poem 11: The Lovers," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed November 30, 2023,.
The rose did caper on her cheek,
Her bodice rose and fell,
Her pretty speech, like drunken men,
Did stagger pitiful.
Her fingers fumbled at her work, —
Her needle would not go;
What ailed so smart a little maid
It puzzled me to know,
Till opposite I spied a cheek
That bore another rose;
Just opposite, another speech
That like the drunkard goes;
A vest that, like the bodice, danced
To the immortal tune, —
Till those two troubled little clocks
Ticked softly into one.