The Statistic Helen

The statistc Helen, though intent,
Wasn’t born Hippolyta to befriend;
In common such an airy bit,
Ha’p’orth indeed, so petite,
An illiberal, bigoted detail,
Apt, word-province
Grandeur to belittle,
Most oft no voice, merely
And not a stop:
Should we not just have it chopped?

Hidebound like a numerical fact,
Hesitation that occasions ―
Vowel double act,
Put to note, ere and again, post-haste:
Would it have vexed Theseus’ taste?

Arisen of mid-vanity,
Bore yet to eternity;
Would the simple letter humane
Tell to hold Troy? Horse’s hair?


Copyright © Teresa Pelka


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The world may never have seen her original handwriting, if her skill was taken for supernatural. Feel welcome to Poems by Emily Dickinson prepared for print by Teresa Pelka: thematic stanzas, notes on the Greek and Latin inspiration, the correlative with Webster 1828, and the Aristotelian motif, Things perpetual — these are not in time, but in eternity.

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