June’s Words

After great pain, a formal feeling comes –

The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –

The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’

And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’?

The Feet, mechanical, go round –

A Wooden way

Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –

Regardless grown,

A Quartz contentment, like a stone –

This is the Hour of Lead –

Remembered, if outlived,

As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –

First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

After great pain, a formal feeling comes – (372) by Emily Dickinson

photo: Cultural Turns by Tyler Mitchell | Connective Tissue | © Tyler Mitchell. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

One thought on “June’s Words

  • Reply Elina (Ellu) Nasser June 10, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    How can I get a copy of this gorgeous photo??

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