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April is National Poetry Month-Poem of the Day

By John Published: April 1, 2010


National Poetry Month is here and we'll be posting a favorite poem every day this month, beginning today with the mother of American poetry, Emily Dickinson. If  you have favorite poems and poets you'd like to share this month, please let us know in comments or click on the Facebook Fan Page and start a conversation thread.

CALLED BACK.

Just lost when I was saved!
Just felt the world go by!
Just girt me for the onset with eternity,
When breath blew back,
And on the other side
I heard recede the disappointed tide!

Therefore, as one returned, I feel,
Odd secrets of the line to tell!
Some sailor, skirting foreign shores,
Some pale reporter from the awful doors
Before the seal!

Next time, to stay!
Next time, the things to see
By ear unheard,
Unscrutinized by eye.

Next time, to tarry,
While the ages steal,
Slow tramp the centuries,
And the cycles wheel.

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