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William Stafford - We learn it in Retreating

We learn it in Retreating
How vast an one
Was recently among us --
A Perished Sun

Endear in the departure
How doubly more
Than all the Golden presence
It was -- before --

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Poet: William Stafford
Poem: 1083. We learn it in Retreating
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Feb 13 2006

Comment 1 of 1, added on February 5th, 2011 at 7:13 PM.

The absence emphasizes the value. We can not realize how important a person close to us is. His/ her presence is enough, so we do not keep philosophical thoughts. The sun image is negative in the retreating moment; it is the sunset: “a Perished Sun”. The sun warms us; it is shining bright and it is a life center. The hugeness of the metaphor “a Perished Sun” give us the drama of the rupture and leads us to a blank: there is no more “Sun”, no “center” – “the planets” do not know where to go. “The Golden presence” is “doubly more” seeing because our eyes is staring at the Sun, because in our hearts and mind it will never be a “a Perished Sun”. Even in the absence we still feel its warmth.

Maurício Cléto from Brazil

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