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Emily Dickinson - I can wade Grief

I can wade Grief --
Whole Pools of it --
I'm used to that --
But the least push of Joy
Breaks up my feet --
And I tip -- drunken --
Let no Pebble -- smile --
'Twas the New Liquor --
That was all!

Power is only Pain --
Stranded, thro' Discipline,
Till Weights -- will hang --
Give Balm -- to Giants --
And they'll wilt, like Men --
Give Himmaleh --
They'll Carry -- Him!

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 252. I can wade Grief
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Jan 7 2004

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 24th, 2010 at 5:41 PM.

Joy affects me much more than sorrow.

frumpo from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on January 24th, 2007 at 12:20 AM.

This poem has amazing images. I think this poem speaks to conditions of the time and coping methods. Difficult times taught many "how" to deal with sadness and grief. If difficulties are the norm, we're used to dealing with them. So when something joyful happens, it throws us for a loop. This poem reminds me in many ways of TS Eliot's "The Waste Land."

Piper from United States

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