After great pain, a formal feeling comes (Emily Dickinson)

After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’
And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’?

The Feet, mechanical, go round –
A Wooden way
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone –
This is the Hour of Lead – Remembered, if outlived, 
As Freezing
persons, recollect the Snow –
First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

by Emily Dickinson

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