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I showed her heights she never saw

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Just thought I share this poem by Emily Dickinson, something the ladies might find interesting. There are two versions of this + many interpretations but I like this version the most as the dialogue is between "I" and "she" where the "she" is possibly directed to Sue (Susan Gilbert), her sister-in-law. (I have such a strong feeling that Emily was a lesbian)

Anyway, enjoy. :)

I showed her heights she never saw—
“Wouldst climb?” I said,
She said “Not so”—
“With me?” I said, “With me?”
I showed her secrets
Morning’s nest,
The rope that Nights were put across—
And now, “Wouldst have me for a Guest?”
She could not find her yes—
And then, I brake my life, and Lo!
A light for her, did solemn glow,
The larger, as her face withdrew—
And could she, further, “No?”.

  • 25-34_f_w_h3_f2

    Below are some excerpts of a letter she wrote to Sue that might confirm that she had feelings for her, at the very least:

    Written June 11, 1852:

    "I need you more and more, and the great world grows wider, and dear ones fewer and fewer, every day that you stay away — I miss my biggest heart; my own goes wandering round, and calls for Susie — Friends are too dear to sunder, Oh they are far too few, and how soon they will go away where you and I cannot find them, don’t let us forget these things, for their remembrance now will save us many an anguish when it is too late to love them! Susie, forgive me Darling, for every word I say — my heart is full of you, none other than you is in my thoughts, yet when I seek to say to you something not for the world, words fail me.

    If you were here — and Oh that you were, my Susie, we need not talk at all, our eyes would whisper for us, and your hand fast in mine, we would not ask for language — I try to bring you nearer, I chase the weeks away till they are quite departed, and fancy you have come, and I am on my way through the green lane to meet you, and my heart goes scampering so, that I have much ado to bring it back again, and learn it to be patient, till that dear Susie comes. Three weeks — they can’t last always, for surely they must go with their little brothers and sisters to their long home in the west!

    I shall grow more and more impatient until that dear day comes, for till now, I have only mourned for you; now I begin to hope for you."

    There's more - but you get the point hehe.

    • 17-24_f_w_h3_f2

      Yeah, from what I read of her passionate letters to Sue, it definitely confirms it. Many historians found these letters as evidence while others directed to events where she seemed to be in love with men as counter-evidence. I guess it all goes down to our interpretations at this point but I mean, Emily wrote hundreds of poems to Sue, she received much more poems than any of Emily's other friends. So that should Definitely say something too, haha.

      Damn, that letter you just shared is so beautiful! One of the best ones.

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  • 25-34_m_w_h1_f4

    shes lesbian for sure or at least bisexual but she is in love with this sue person no doubt

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  • 17-24_m_w_h4_f1

    wonderful words !

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  • 17-24_f_w_h3_f3

    She loved her for sure.

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