Monday/Speaking Personally

Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?
Then crouch within the door-
Red-is the Fire’s common tint-
But when the vivid Ore
Has vanquished Flame’s conditions,
It quivers from the Forge
Without a color, but the light
Of unanointed Blaze.
Least Village has its Blacksmith
Whose Anvil’s even ring
Stands symbol for the finer Forge
That soundless tugs-within-
Refining these impatient Ores
With Hammer, and with Blaze
Until the Designated Light
Repudiate the Forge-

-Emily Dickinson


ps/ My Stroll of Poets workshop, “Writing Emily”, will be offered this fall.

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