Poet: Emily Dickinson
Floss won't save you from an Abyss
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Comment 1 of 1, added on October 6th, 2005 at 5:43 PM.
There are two opposite approaches to existence (fill in your suggestions.) Either one of these approaches works--fifty percent of the time. Take your choice.
This a a deeply ironic comment on the predictament
we find ourselves in--forced, seemingly to choose an
identity. What the poem doesn't bring up is the possibility of freedom from any one-sided identity--such as is taught in Zen Buddhism.
linshanghsiang from United States
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