Emily Dickinson

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

Bereavement in their death to feel


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Bereavement in their death to feel
Whom We have never seen—
A Vital Kinsmanship import
Our Soul and theirs—between—

For Stranger—Strangers do not mourn—
There be Immortal friends
Whom Death see first—'tis news of this
That paralyze Ourselves—

Who, vital only to Our Thought—
Such Presence bear away
In dying—'tis as if Our Souls
Absconded—suddenly—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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