A word is dead
When it is said,
I say it just
Begins to live
I argue thee that love is life. And life hath immortality.
Beauty is not caused, – it is;
Chase it and it ceases,
Chase it not and it abides…
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
Proud of my broken heart since thou didst break it,
Proud of the pain I did not feel till thee,
Proud of my night since thou with moons dost slake it,
Not to partake thy passion, my humility.
This is the Hour of Lead—
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow—
First—Chill—then Stupor—then the letting go—.
Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid—as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Then there’s a pair of us?
Don’t tell! they’d advertise—you know!
They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
We turn, not older with years, but newer every day.
Heaven is so far of the mind that were the mind dissolved—the site of it by architect could not again be proved.
A Letter is a Joy of Earth –
It is denied the Gods.
Faith—is the Pierless Bridge Supporting what We see Unto the Scene that We do not.
Great Spirit, give to me a heaven not so large as yours but large enough for me.
Opinion is a flitting thing
But Truth outlasts the Sun.
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