‘There’s a certain Slant of light’

A poem by Emily Dickinson describes the stillness of a late afternoon walk in the riverbottom. (Photos by Emily Deimert)

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There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –
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Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference –
Where the Meanings, are –
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None may teach it – Any –
‘Tis the seal Despair –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air –
When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death –
‘There’s a certain Slant of light’

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