Emily Dickinson

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

Pain—has an Element of Blank


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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: Monday, January 13, 2003

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