Note to Sadie, Aged Twenty-Three: one of three homages to Emily Dickinson

Reflections, Saint Patrick's Day

Note to Sadie, Aged Twenty-Three

If I could tell my younger self but one thing,
it would be to marry him at twenty-three.
So much heartache I would have never known,
and I would not have reaped what I have sown.

A better place would I now be,
better than I had dreamed at twenty-three–
a home with room to grow,
riding high, rather than laying low.

Years, I have lost and let go,
toiling with nothing for it to show;
had I known then what I know now,
I would have taken that vow.

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