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There is no frigate like a book

June 23, 2013

by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book
to take us lands away
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

Not a big of fan of Dickinson, but I liked this one.  Had to explain it a bit to my son (I’m reading a book of poetry at the dinner table when I finish eating and they are still chowing down) as he was unfamiliar with the words.  Maybe it ought to be updated for modern times…

There is no plane like a book
To take us lands away
Nor any vehicle like a page
Of parading poetry.
This intersection may the poorest take
without burden of tax;
How thrifty is the jalopy
that moves a human soul!

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