If Anybody’s Friend Be Dead, By Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

If anybody’s friend be dead,
    It ‘s sharpest of the theme
    The thinking how they walked alive,
    At such and such a time.

    Their costume, of a Sunday,
    Some manner of the hair, —
    A prank nobody knew but them,
    Lost, in the sepulchre.

    How warm they were on such a day:
    You almost feel the date,
    So short way off it seems; and now,
    They ‘re centuries from that.

    How pleased they were at what you said;
    You try to touch the smile,
    And dip your fingers in the frost:
    When was it, can you tell,

    You asked the company to tea,
    Acquaintance, just a few,
    And chatted close with this grand thing
    That don’t remember you?

    Past bows and invitations,
    Past interview, and vow,
    Past what ourselves can estimate, —
    That makes the quick of woe!