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There's a certain slant of light

Posted on December 21, 2007 2:17 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Emily Dickinson

There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

None may teach it anything,
'T is the seal, despair,--
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, 't is like the distance
On the look of death.

from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson(Little, Brown, 1924), available online at

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