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MORE CUMBRIAN COLOUR – that brings to mind the greeting sent to me by an English friend who’s presently visiting “New England in the Fall”, and which arrived the day after I recently posted Fresh Air.

I took one Draught of Life –
I’ll tell you what I paid –
Precisely an existence –
The market price, they said.

They weighed me, Dust by Dust –
They balanced Film with Film,
Then handed me my Being’s worth –
A single Dram of Heaven!

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson