A Door Just Opened On A Street Poem by Emily Dickinson

A Door Just Opened On A Street

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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.

A Door Just Opened On A Street
Ruby Root 26 August 2006

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.

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* Sunprincess * 25 January 2014

.......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...

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* Sunprincess * 29 April 2014

.......a door opens to another life then closes...amazing read..

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Angelina Holmes 04 May 2014

Ha! Enlightened misery... Funny thought.

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Resh Kav 25 June 2017

great poem..... Great to read

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Ruta Mohapatra 18 December 2021

So much said in so few lines! Enchanting Emily!

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Chinedu Dike 17 December 2021

A thought provoking poem written with insight.........

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Unnikrishnan E S 17 December 2021

A poet's fantasy only could perceive the door on a street that opens to another life, much alien to her. But the fantasy disappears soon enough, and the door is closed. What remains, is the un-ending misery. But, at least this time, this one time, the misery is so enlightened with her new knowledge

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 17 December 2021

A poem of great depth. So thought provoking. Cleverly crafted and executed.

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Esselebor Ebhojie 17 December 2021

Quite a sensational write.She is comforted as a passerby by an open door which helps her misery.A lesson that there is a need to be open to others

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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Amherst / Massachusetts
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