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B. Penn

320: We play at Paste –


We play at paste – 
Till qualified, for Pearl – 
Then, drop the Paste – 
And deem ourself a fool – 

The Shapes – though – were similar – 
And our new hands 
Learned Gem-Tactics – 
Practicing Sands – 

c. 1862                                                    1891

by Emily Dickinson
from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson 
edited by Thomas H. Johnson

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