Emily Dickinson

(Photo credit: Amherst College Archives)  Amherst probably never thought someone would use this picture for humorous purposes.

Unbeknownst to many people, Emily Dickinson worked in espionage.  Here’s a conversation she overheard between two foreign spies; newly declassified code words appear in quotation marks.

I’m nobody!

Who are you?

Are you nobody, too?

Then there’s a pair of us —

don’t tell!  They’d banish —

you know!

How dreary to be somebody!

How public like a


To tell one’s name the “livelong” day

to an admiring “bog!”