Emily Dickinson

10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts

As Frost Is Best Conceived

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As Frost is best conceived
By force of its Result—
Affliction is inferred
By subsequent effect—

If when the sun reveal,
The Garden keep the Gash—
If as the Days resume
The wilted countenance

Cannot correct the crease
Or counteract the stain—
Presumption is Vitality
Was somewhere put in twain.
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