When Light is Put Away

photo by Tomomi Gibson
photo by Tomomi Gibson
We grow accustomed to the Dark – 
When Light is put away –
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Good bye –
A Moment – We uncertain step
For newness of the night –
Then – fit our Vision to the Dark – 
And meet the Road  – erect – 
And so of larger – Darknesses –
Those Evenings of the Brain –
When not a Moon disclose a sign –
Or Star – come out – within –
The Bravest – grope a little –
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead –
But as they learn to see –
Either the Darkness alters –
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight –
And Life steps almost straight.
~Emily Dickinson
photo by Tomomi Gibson of reflected sunset (facing east)

One thought on “When Light is Put Away

  1. I don’t recall ever seeing such a beautiful reflected sunset, or reading this fine ED poem. Thanks for both!


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