Goose and Chick, Hudson River, low tide pebbles
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Circuit II - (13) How Happy is the Little Stone (J-1510) (F-1570)

(1) How happy is the little stone    
That rambles in the road alone,
(2) And doesn't care about careers    
And exigencies never fears —
(3) Whose coat of elemental brown    
A passing universe put on;
(4) And independent as the sun,    
Associates or glows alone,
(5) Fulfilling absolute decree    
In casual simplicity.

(Below: an original manuscript version without
editing or imposed lineation.

(1) How happy is  
the little Stone
That rambles
in the Road
(2) And doesn't  
care about
And Exigencies
  never fears –
(3) Whose Coat  
of elemental Brown
A passing
Universe put on,
(4) And independent  
as the Sun
or glows alone,
(5) Fulfilling absolute
In casual
    simplicity –

~ Emily Dickinson

Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters
(1) "Little, wayfaring acts — comprise my 'pursuits' — and a few
moments at night, for books — after the rest sleep." ~ (L #450)
(1) "The Bible says very roguishly, that the 'wayfaring man, though
a fool — need not err therein.'" ~ (biblical ref. Isaiah 35:8) (L #562)
(1-2) "Heart, not so heavy as mine wending late home — as it passed my
window whistled itself a tune — a careless snatch — a ballad — a ditty
of the street . . ." ~ (J-0083) (F-0088) (ref. whistling boy, L #562)
(1-3) "I know but little of little ones, but love them very softly."
~ (L #728) (Biblical ref. Matthew 18:10)
(1-3) "The tiniest ones are the mightiest — the wren will prevail."
~ (L #564) (Biblical ref. Matthew 5:5)
(1-3) "Two things I have lost with Childhood — the rapture of losing
my shoe in the mud and going home barefoot . . ."
(Fragment #117)
(1-5) "Your riches taught me poverty. Myself a millionnaire."
~ (J-0299) (F-0418)
(1-5) "It's such a common — glory — a fisherman's — degree."
~ (J-0401) (F-0675)
(1-5) "Droughtless wells . . where mosses go no more away — and
pebble — safely plays." ~ (J-0460) (F-0695)
(1-5) "On the bleakness of my lot, bloom I strove to raise — late,
my garden of a rock yielded grape and maize."
~ (omitted in J-0681) (F-0862)
(3) "Take all away from me, but leave me Ecstasy,
And I am richer then than all my Fellow Men –
Ill it becometh me to dwell so wealthily
When at my very Door are those possessing more,
In abject poverty –
~ (J-1640) (F-1671)
(3) "I am glad the housekeeping is kinder; it is a prickly art.
Maggie is with us still, warm and wild and mighty,
and we have a gracious boy at the barn."
~ (L #907)
(4-5) "Lad of Athens, faithful be to thyself and mystery.
All the rest is perjury." ~ (J-1768) (F-1606) (L #865)
(5) "Tabby is eating a stone dinner from a stone plate." ~ (L #337)
(5) "Excuse the bleak simplicity that knew no tutor
but the North." ~ (L #368)
"The grass so little has to do —
A sphere of simple green,
With only butterflies, to brood
And bees, to entertain —
  * * *  
And then, to dwell in sovereign barns,
And dream the days away,
The grass so little has to do,
I wish I were a hay!"
  ~ (J-0333: stanzas 1 & 5) (F-0379)  
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Goose and Chick, Hudson River, low tide, pebbles
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