3 Jun 2009

Poem 341 (After great pain, a formal feeling comes) -- Emily Dickinson

[1830–1886, American]

After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round –
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone –

This is the Hour of Lead –
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –
First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

Source: Franklin, RW (ed.), 1999, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Harvard University Press.

No comments:

Post a Comment