Thursday, May 7, 2009

Emily on Love

Love is the anterior to life,
Posterior to death,
Initial of creation, and
The exponent of breath.

I gave myself to him,
and took himself for pay.
The solemn contract of a life
Was ratified this way....

At least 'tis mutual risk,-
Some found it mutual gain;
Sweet debt of life,- Each night to owe,
Insolvent every noon.

Emily Dickinson

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