Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

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A Coffin—is a Small Domain


A Coffin—is a small Domain,
Yet able to contain
A Citizen of Paradise
In it diminished Plane.

A Grave—is a restricted Breadth—
Yet ampler than the Sun—
And all the Seas He populates
And Lands He looks upon

To Him who on its small Repose
Bestows a single Friend—
Circumference without Relief—
Or Estimate—or End—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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