The Railway Train

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Dickinson's poem is also known as I Like to See It Lap the Miles, which allows readers to guess Dickinson's riddle. This is a favorite Dickinson poem, often studied by middle school students.
An illustration for the story The Railway Train by the author Emily Dickinson An illustration for the story The Railway Train by the author Emily Dickinson An illustration for the story The Railway Train by the author Emily Dickinson
I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step

Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare

To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop — docile and omnipotent —
At its own stable door.

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