Because I Could Not Stop For Death | Sympathy Poems

Because I Could Not Stop For Death
(Sympathy Poems)

Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me ..
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste
And I had put away ..
My labor, and my leisure too
For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring ..
We passed the fields of gazing grain
We passed the setting sun.

Or rather, He passed Us
The Dews drew quivering and chill ..
For only Gossamer, my Gown
My Tippet, only Tulle.

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground ..
The Roof was scarcely visible
The Cornice, in the Ground.

Since then, ’tis Centuries, and yet
Feels shorter than the Day ..
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity.

– Emily Dickinson