650 (Pain – has an Element of Blank -), by Emily Dickinson

1 April 2015

Pain – has an Element of Blank –
It cannot recollect
When it begun – or if there were
A time when it was not –

It has no future – but itself –
Its infinite contain
Its past – enlightened to perceive
New Periods – of Pain.

[Read in Everyman’s Selected Poems.]

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