Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

Part Two: Love 46. He fumbles at your spirit


He fumbles at your spirit

As players at the keys

Before they drop full music on;

He stuns you by degrees,

Prepares your brittle substance

For the ethereal blow,

By fainter hammers, further heard,

Then nearer, then so slow

Your breath has time to straighten,

Your brain to bubble cool, --

Deals one imperial thunderbolt

That scalps your naked soul.