DOWRY from James Goertel’s bi-weekly poetry feature, Under The Same Moon, offers a homage to Emily Dickinson.
(In Memory of Emily Dickinson)I knocked at your door,
you did not answer.
I took no offense
as you had already been
back beyond before death
when your words were still only starlight,
merely the face of the moon turned away from the sun,
yet a lonely yearning eternity
not yet born to walk alone
dressed in white,
your letters, your poems
patient in the palms of your pale hands,
a dowry to be left uncollected
by any one gentleman, left instead
to the ages,
immortal beyond your own life.