I Like to see it lap the miles

(1978)

"I Like to see it lap the miles" is the second song of George Perle's Thirteen Dickinson Songs. For more information about this song cycle, please visit: Thirteen Dickinson Songs.

I Like to see it lap the miles
by Emily Dickinson


I like to see it lap the Miles —
And lick the Valleys up —
And stop to feed itself at Tanks —
And then — prodigious step


Around a Pile of Mountains —
And supercilious peer
In Shanties — by the sides of Roads —
And then a Quarry pare


To fit its Ribs
And crawl between
Complaining all the while
In horrid — hooting stanza —
Then chase itself down Hill —


And neigh like Boanerges —
Then — punctual as a Star
Stop — docile and omnipotent
At its own stable door —


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