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After great pain a formal feeling comes

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  • From my project "Songs For The Dead"- a collection of songs dealing with death and the different approaches to the subject.

    After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes- 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.