Sight. By Emily Dickinson

    Before I got my eye put out,
    I liked as well to see
    As other creatures that have eyes,
    And know no other way.

    But were it told to me, to-day,
    That I might have the sky
    For mine, I tell you that my heart
    Would split, for size of me.

    The meadows mine, the mountains mine, —
    All forests, stintless stars,
    As much of noon as I could take
    Between my finite eyes.

    The motions of the dipping birds,
    The lightning’s jointed road,
    For mine to look at when I liked, —
    The news would strike me dead!

    So safer, guess, with just my soul
    Upon the window-pane
    Where other creatures put their eyes,
    Incautious of the sun.