Poetry, VOLUME 2

Poem: Emily Dickinson “A Light Exists in Spring” [Vol. 2, #10]

A Light Exists in Spring

Emily Dickinson

A light exists in spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That science cannot overtake,
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn;
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.

Then as Horizons step,
Or Noons report away,
Without the Formula of sound,
It passes, and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content,
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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