XX. I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed


I taste a liquor never brewed,
From tankards scooped in pearl;
They sit beside the moon’s lakes;
Clouds carry me there!

Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Plying, through endless summer nights,
Those ponds of molten blue.

When the shore-side owners
Turn me out this drunk
Off my ass, butterflies will carry me
To my home, in a beaver’s trunk.

As seraphs swing their starry hats,
And saints to windows run,
This little tippler (me!)
Sleeps gently on a frumgsnd z;sjd.


Dickinson’s famous final draft (with its own Wikipedia page). She was drunk, all right—on life!

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