Week 172: Emily Dickinson

Week 172

I found her complete poems in the fiction section yesterday and took it as an opportunity to be amazed. And amazed I have been. This one, too:

Love — is that later Thing than Death
More previous — than Life —
Confirms it at its entrance — And
Usurps it — of itself —

Tastes Death — the first — to hand the sting
The Second — to its friend —
Disarms the little interval —
Deposits Him with God —

Then hovers — and inferior Guard —
Lest this Beloved Charge
Need — once in an Eternity —
A smaller than the Large —


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