Favourite Poets: Emily Dickinson, Before I got my eye put out

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I liked as well to see
As other creatures, that have eyes –
And know no other way –
But were it told to me, Today,
That I might have the Sky
For mine, I tell you that my Heart
Would split, for size of me –
The Meadows – mine –
The Mountains – mine –
All Forests – Stintless stars –
As much of noon, as I could take –
Between my finite eyes –
The Motions of the Dipping Birds –
The Morning’s Amber Road –
For mine – to look at when I liked,
The news would strike me dead –
So safer – guess – with just my soul
Opon the window pane
Where other creatures put their eyes –
Incautious – of the Sun –

The imagery of this poem is sort of stunning, isn’t it? ‘Before I didn’t realise I was equal with everyone else, I viewed the world as though I belonged here. And now you tell me the world is equal, I’m having trouble believing it.’ More or less. Interpret, as you will, as always, but that’s what I take away from this.
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