VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

The Soul selects her own Society

Emily Dickinson

The Soul selects her own Society -
Then - shuts the Door -
To her divine Majority -
Present no more -

Unmoved - she notes the Chariots - pausing -
At her low Gate -
Unmoved - an Emperor be kneeling
Upon her Mat -

I've known her - from an ample nation -
Choose One -
Then - close the Valves of her attention -
Like Stone -

As in so many of her lyrics, Dickinson here adapts an idiom peculiar to American politics, which stresses the majority and rejects any Emperor, to the requirements of a wholly personal poem.