Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RAILWAY TRAIN, by EMILY DICKINSON

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THE RAILWAY TRAIN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I like to see it lap the miles
Last Line: At its own stable door.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Railroads; Rivers; Railways; Trains

I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step
Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare
To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill
And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop -- docile and omnipotent --
At its own stable door.

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