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15 February 2012

The Juggler's Hat her Country is –

The Juggler's Hat her Country is –
The Mountain Gorse – the Bee's!
                                                            - F186 (1861)  330

These two lines were sent to Samule Bowles who was quite an international traveler.  It seems to me Dickinson is saying that her country, the USA, is but a hat Bowles juggles as he flits about from one country to another. Mountain gorse is the Bee’s hat. One pictures a bee flitting from one gorse flower to another burying itself in the flower until it seems like a hat. The choice of mountain gorse is appropriate as Bowles enjoyed tramping about the mountains of Europe and Scotland. 

Juggling countries like hats
Bee with gorse flower hat

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