Emily Dickinson's Nature Mysticism : A Photo Poetic Labyrinth
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Circuit I - (03) Two Butterflies Went Out at Noon (J-0533) (F-0571)

(Original manuscript version from Fascicle 25)
____ ____ ____

(1) Two Butterflies went out at Noon –  
And waltzed upon a Farm,
(2) Then stepped straight through
the Firmament  
And rested, on a Beam –

(3) And then – together bore away  
Upon a shining Sea –
(4) Though never yet, in any Port,  
Their coming mentioned – be –

(5) If spoken by the distant Bird –  
If met in Ether Sea
(6) By Frigate, or by Merchantman –  
No notice – was – to me –

~ Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1-2) "I have never believed [Paradise] to be a superhuman site.
Eden, always eligible, is peculiarly so this noon. It would please you
to see how intimate the Meadows are with the Sun." ~ (L #391)
(1-2) "A power of butterfly must be the aptitude to fly, meadows of
majesty concedes and easy sweeps of sky." ~ (J-1099) (F-1107)
(1-2) ~ See ED letter #1004 as prose, embeds poetry —
(L2 and L3 rhyme with L5 and L6)
"I write in the midst
of sweet-peas and by
the side of orioles,
 and could put my hand 
on a butterfly,
only he withdraws."
(1-4) "Life is so strong a vision, not one of it shall fail." ~ (L #860)
(1-4) "Touch Liberty — then know no more, but noon, and paradise —"
~ (J-0512) (F-0360)
(2) "The butterfly upon the sky that doesn't know it's name . . .
is just as high as you and I, and higher, I believe."
~ (L #718) (J-1521) (F-1559)
(3-4) "Home and roam in one." ~ (L #728)
(3-6) "Is it oblivion or absorption when things pass
from our minds?" ~ (L #342b)
(3-6) "The butterfly rises to the situation . . . an ell of rapture
to an inch of wing." ~ (L #723)
(3-6) "Existence — in itself — without a further function —
omnipotence — enough." (J-0677) (F-0876)
(3-6) "I do not go away, but the grounds are ample —
almost travel, to me . . . " ~ (L #735)
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