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Because I could not stop for Death

Because I could not stop for Death – 
He kindly stopped for me –  
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –  
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility – 

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –  
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –  
We passed the Setting Sun – 

Or rather – He passed us – 
The Dews drew quivering and chill – 
For only Gossamer, my Gown – 
My Tippet – only Tulle – 

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground – 
The Roof was scarcely visible – 
The Cornice – in the Ground – 

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads 
Were toward Eternity – 

Emily Dickinson

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jackiesjunkie
Mar. 21st, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
I've always liked Dickenson.
scissorknot
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
She was one kick ass poet.
ahavia
Mar. 22nd, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I just came back from the memorial service of a dear f/Friend (as in Quaker), Lillian Willoughby who was 94 years old. The Meeting House in Haddonfield, NJ was filled with f/Friends of this dear woman. Her family, husband, George who is also 94 and their 4 children and family were there. We shared stories about how Lillian touched our lives. The Meeting went almost an hour over the usual hour long time for Worship. We laughed and we cried.
I was honored to know Lillian for almost 40 years.
Reading this wonderful poem was very timely.
Thank you,
Ahavia
scissorknot
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
I am very sorry to hear about your loss.
roguemarch
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
You gotta love Dickinson... she is absolutely wonderful.
scissorknot
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
It is always nice to read her work.
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