The Wind—tapped like a tired Man

(1978)

"The Wind—tapped like a tired Man" is the sixth song of George Perle's Thirteen Dickinson Songs. For more information about this song cycle, please visit: Thirteen Dickinson Songs.

The Wind—tapped like a tired Man
by Emily Dickinson


The Wind — tapped like a tired Man —
And like a Host — "Come in"
I boldly answered — entered then
My Residence within


A Rapid — footless Guest —
To offer whom a Chair
Were as impossible as hand
A Sofa to the Air —


No Bone had He to bind Him —
His Speech was like the Push
Of numerous Humming Birds at once
From a superior Bush —


His Countenance — a Billow —
His Fingers, as He passed
Let go a music — as of tunes
Blown tremulous in Glass —


He visited — still flitting —
Then like a timid Man
Again, He tapped — 'twas flurriedly —
And I became alone —


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