Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

A Door Just Opened On A Street - Poem by Emily Dickinson

A door just opened on a street--
I, lost, was passing by--
An instant's width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,--
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.


Comments about A Door Just Opened On A Street by Emily Dickinson

  • Indira Renganathan (10/22/2016 2:52:00 AM)

    A Door Just Opened On A Street
    The hands that opened the door and rescued shut it again throwing out the rescued...The door as sudden shut, and I,
    I, lost, was passing by, -
    Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
    Enlightening misery....a way to accept misery....only Emily can write
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  • Menato San (8/6/2016 12:20:00 AM)


    Soooooo good. Amazing one (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2014 8:13:00 AM)


    Ha! Enlightened misery... Funny thought. (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2014 9:54:00 PM)


    .......a door opens to another life then closes...amazing read.. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2014 11:14:00 PM)


    .......seems as if she is saying she caught a glimpse of wealth, warmth and company...as she was passing by...but she would rather be alone cause all is not what it seems... (Report) Reply

  • (8/26/2006 10:02:00 PM)


    I wonder if she closed the door because she was afraid and backed away. It is hard to say and she is living with the misery. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, May 14, 2001


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