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A Doubt If It Be Us -- Emily Dickinson

Guest poem sent in by Connie Rockman

There is an Emily Dickinson poem that has been important to me for years,
not one of her better known poems, I think, but startlingly appropriate in
the wake of the tragedy . . .
(Poem #891) A Doubt If It Be Us
 A doubt if it be Us
 Assists the staggering Mind
 In an extremer Anguish
 Until it footing find.

 An Unreality is lent,
 A merciful Mirage
 That makes the living possible
 While it suspends the lives.
-- Emily Dickinson
Written about 1864, perhaps in response to the horrors of the Civil War
. . . perhaps to reflect on some personal trauma . . . in her inimitable
way, Dickinson speaks from the deepest recesses of the human soul,
giving words to feelings that many of us find impossible to express.

Connie Rockman,
Stratford, CT

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