198 After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes (ca.1858-1865) By Emily Dickinson

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 —



Becoming America, Wendy Kurant, ed., CC-BY-SA

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