Emily Dickinson

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

Pain


Pain--has an Element of Blank--
It cannot recollect
When it begun--or if there were
A time when it was not--

It has no Future--but itself--
Its Infinite Contain
Its Past--enlightened to perceive
New Periods--of Pain.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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