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Emily Dickinson - There is a Languor of the Life

There is a Languor of the Life
More imminent than Pain --
'Tis Pain's Successor -- When the Soul
Has suffered all it can --

A Drowsiness -- diffuses --
A Dimness like a Fog
Envelops Consciousness --
As Mists -- obliterate a Crag.

The Surgeon -- does not blanch -- at pain
His Habit -- is severe --
But tell him that it ceased to feel --
The Creature lying there --

And he will tell you -- skill is late --
A Mightier than He --
Has ministered before Him --
There's no Vitality.

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 396. There is a Languor of the Life
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 13th, 2011 at 7:56 PM.

The dull pain after the sharp pain...

frumpo from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on July 17th, 2010 at 7:40 PM.
there is a langour of the life

admiral adama quotes the first verse of this poem in the final season of battlestar galactica...i think the show was extremely well done and well, sometimes the worlds of high and low culture do collide in very interesting ways...

Jonathan from Canada

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