Comment 2 of 2, added on May 20th, 2009 at 6:20 PM.
I'm not sure what you're on about there, Ley. Sounds to me like her
friends are going to hell and she feels bad that she had to turn her back
on them. (cried tears for being treasonous, even though they deserved it.
She's like to confess the reasons she felt the way she did but to do that
to them, even if they are now "below" would inflict further pain on them.)
Comment 1 of 2, added on May 20th, 2009 at 9:11 AM.
Dickinson wrote many poems such as this when she reached her older ages
after her seclusion from society. She wrote letters like this to the
dearest of her friends as an apology for ignoring them for so long.