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Risk is the Hair that holds the Tun

Risk is the Hair that holds the Tun

Risk is the Hair that holds the Tun
Seductive in the Air
That Tun is hollow but the Tun
With Hundred Weights to spare

Too ponderous to suspect the snare
Espies that fickle chair
And seats itself to be let go
By that perfidious Hair

The “foolish Tun” the Critics say
While that delusive Hair
Persuasive as Perdition,
Decoys its Traveller.



Poem Risk is the Hair that holds the Tun - Emily Dickinson