Poet Emily Dickinson

American poet (B:1830-12-10 - D:1886-05-15)

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Risk is the Hair that holds the Tun

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Risk is the Hair that holds the Tun
Seductive in the Air-
That Tun is hollow-but the Tun-
With Hundred Weights-to spare-

Too ponderous to suspect the snare
Espies that fickle chair
And seats itself to be let go
By that perfidious Hair-

The “foolish Tun” the Critics say-
While that delusive Hair
Persuasive as Perdition,
Decoys its Traveller.



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