Floss won’t save you from an Abyss
But a Rope will —
Notwithstanding a Rope for a Souvenir
Is not beautiful —

But I tell you every step is a Trough —
And every stop a Well —
Now will you have the Rope or the Floss?
Prices reasonable —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Floss won’t save you from an Abyss

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  1. linshanghsiang says:

    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.

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