From Cocoon forth a Butterfly As Lady from her Door Emerged - a Summer Afternoon - Repairing Everywhere - Without Design - that I could trace Except to stray abroad On Miscellaneous Enterprise The Clovers - understood - Her pretty Parasol was seen Contracting in a Field Where Men made Hay - Then struggling hard With an opposing Cloud - Where Parties - Phantom as Herself - To Nowhere - seemed to go In purposeless Circumference, As 'twere a Tropic Show. And notwithstanding Bee - that worked - And Flower - that zealous blew, This Audience of idleness Disdained them, from the Sky - Till Sundown crept - a steady Tide - And Men that made the Hay - And Afternoon - and Butterfly - Extinguished - in [its]1 Sea.
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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