Emily Dickinson

10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts

Fate Slew Him, But He Did Not Drop

FATE slew him, but he did not drop;
She felled—he did not fall—
Impaled him on her fiercest stakes—
He neutralized them all.

She stung him, sapped his firm advance,
But, when her worst was done,
And he, unmoved, regarded her,
Acknowledged him a man.
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