Emily Dickinson #67

By Dwayne Betts
{Dwayne Betts}

Success is counted sweetest

By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated - dying -
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!


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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/07/emily-dickinson-67/20621/