Grief is a Mouse-
And chooses Wainscot in the Breast
For His Shy House-
And baffles quest-

Grief is a Thief-quick startled-
Pricks His Ear-report to hear
Of that Vast Dark-
That swept His Being-back-

Grief is a Juggler-boldest at the Play-
Lest if He flinch-the eye that way
Pounce on His Bruises-One-say-or Three-
Grief is a Gourmand-spare His luxury-

Best Grief is Tongueless-before He'll tell-
Burn Him in the Public Square-
His Ashes-will
Possibly-if they refuse-How then know-
Since a Rack couldn't coax a syllable-now.