in between the lines

emily, i am tired —
emily, what shall i write?

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?

i’m nobody, just like you —
that is, not quite

Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

or, worse, make us advertise —
that modern curse of self-promotion

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –

or, the worst of all —
the weary cult of self-devotion

To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

emily, it’s almost december
emily, i’ll say goodnight

A poetic dialogue with Emily Dickinson’s poem I’m Nobody! Who are you?