Emily Dickinson

That After Horror that ‘Twas Us

poem 286

That after Horror that ’twas us That passed the mouldering Pier Just as the Granite Crumb let go Our Savior, by a Hair A second more, had dropped too deep For Fisherman to plumb The very profile of the Thought Puts Recollection numb The possibility to pass Without a Moment’s Bell Into Conjecture’s presence Is like a Face of Steel That suddenly looks into ours With a metallic grin The Cordiality of Death Who drills his Welcome in

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