Emily Dickinson

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

One Crucifixion is recorded—only Poem by Emily Dickinson


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One Crucifixion is recorded—only—
How many be
Is not affirmed of Mathematics—
Or History—

One Calvary—exhibited to Stranger—
As many be
As persons—or Peninsulas—
Gethsemane—

Is but a Province—in the Being's Centre—
Judea—
For Journey—or Crusade's Achieving—
Too near—

Our Lord—indeed—made Compound Witness—
And yet—
There's newer—nearer Crucifixion
Than That—

Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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