106. Poem "I am alive - I guess"

I am alive - I guess -

The Branches on my Hand

Are full of Morning Glory -

And at my finger's end -


The Carmine - tingles warm -

And if I hold a Glass

Across my mouth - it blurs it -

Physician's - proof of Breath -


I am alive - because

I am not in a Room -

The Parlor - commonly - it is -

So Visitors may come -


And lean - and view it sidewise -

And add "How cold - it grew" -

And "Was it conscious - when it stepped

In Immortality"?


I am alive - because

I do not own a House -

Entitled to myself - precise -

And fitting no one else -


And marked my Girlhood's name -

So Visitors may know

Which Door is mine - and not mistake -

And try another Key -


How good - to be alive!

How infinite - to be

Alive - two-fold - The Birth I had -

And this - besides, in Thee!


(F605)

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