Emily Dickinson

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

Behind Me Dips Eternity

Poem by Emily Dickinson


Behind Me—dips Eternity—
Before Me—Immortality—
Myself—the Term between—
Death but the Drift of Eastern Gray,
Dissolving into Dawn away,
Before the West begin—

'Tis Kingdoms—afterward—they say—
In perfect—pauseless Monarchy—
Whose Prince—is Son of None—
Himself—His Dateless Dynasty—
Himself—Himself diversify—
In Duplicate divine—

'Tis Miracle before Me—then—
'Tis Miracle behind—between—
A Crescent in the Sea—
With Midnight to the North of Her—
And Midnight to the South of Her—
And Maelstrom—in the Sky—

Comments about Behind Me Dips Eternity by Emily Dickinson

  • Angelina Holmes (5/6/2014 7:56:00 PM)

    Her poetry is fantastic. Always inspiring.(Report)Reply

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  • Angelina Holmes (5/6/2014 7:55:00 PM)

    Beautiful rhymes. Very nice....(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 1, 2015